ALL WAYS UP FOUNDATION wrote -
My mother has always told me, “You are going to get far; you have to get far…further than your father and further than me.” I am confident I will be someone in life, someone who will break the lack of education in my family. My father dropped out of school in 6th grade, my mother dropped out in 9th, and my grandparents did not even make it past the 2nd grade. I am Karen Vielma and my family migrated from Mexico before I was born for a better future. I am fortunate enough to be the first in my family to make it past high school. As I begin my journey to a higher education I aspire to be a model for my two younger sisters. Pursuing a higher education has always been one of my ambitions. I want to be able to prove to my family that they made a great decision when they decided to give us the opportunity to be someone in life. I want to be able to provide a better and brighter future for my family and myself. I want to show my parents that their struggle, while living in a foreign country, has been worthy. Not only do I want to prove it to my parents, but I also want to prove it to myself that everything my parents have done for my sisters and I is for the better. I am an intelligent and organized woman and try my best to excel in everything I do. It is rare for me to give up on goals and dreams that I so desperately pursue. I move on with everything and take everything one day at a time. I do not disrespect anyone who has respect towards me. I challenge myself and take risks in many things because I am preparing myself for harder challenges in life. I take every opportunity I get to get closer to my goals. I have always been an independent young lady. I want to have a high level of education because I want to end the cycle of failure and not have to depend on anyone. Ever since I was a little girl I've had little businesses such as selling stickers and making bracelets. My most proud accomplishment is that I started my own manicure business at the age of 14. I taught myself everything I know when it comes to doing nails. This experience has taught me the value of hard work. It showed me the significance of responsibility and organization. It also taught me that with passion, perseverance, and hard work I can accomplish anything. I come from a low-income family and do not have much help with financial aid. I am an incoming senior and after high school I plan to attend the University of the Pacific and get my Bachelors Degree in International Business Administration and then go to cosmetology school.