2019 OMA&D Celebration Recognition Scholars

Each year at Celebration we have the
honor of recognizing outstanding students who have excelled in the
classroom and have contributed on campus and also in the community. Their journeys
may be different but their impact is the same. They make us a better and excellent
institution because they are here. They’re students, they’re scholars, they’re
activists and they’re outstanding Huskies. My name is Ximena Perez Kyle Johnson Briana Gutierrez Caleb Yates Bao Nguyen Amber Torell Alfred Escorpiso Asia Tamaami Waheeda Hakim Destiny Julye Alejandro Huante Zian Bustamante Alexis Rodriguez-Pantaleon Miracle Okoli Cece Hoffman You can always look at it two ways, you can look at
getting rejected as a very negative thing and just put yourself down or you
can make the choice to make things a positive. I took two times to get to the
UW, two times to get into my major so definitely never give up. “What does it mean to your family to be recognized like this?” It means a lot, I was so excited to tell my mom was crying, she’s a crier. In high school, I never really did anything and I graduated with 2.2, so now actually doing all this
work and being recognized it’s very important to me and also my family
because they knew I struggled a lot in high school. In my junior year, I applied to
Informatics and I was rejected. And I was just like “is this even the major
for me? Maybe this isn’t a spot or a role for a person like myself.” That was very
hard to go through and I had to make a decision whether to stay here at the
UW and try again and potentially lose a year if I
didn’t make it again. That was like a very difficult decision that my family,
my mentors, and my role models here at OMA&D, my brothers from my fraternity
helped me out a lot. Now I just recently got nominated as the president for the Informatics Undergraduate Association. That’s something that I can definitely
do internal change and help everyone in my major, in my school, and future
prospective students. I don’t only want to tell students that “look this is something you can do.” I want to be an example for them, so they see someone in that work field, see me at a big tech company and be like “look there’s someone there, it is 100% possible.” My journey to UW was, a kind of a rough
one. I’m a first generation college student.
All throughout high school I think I had one year where I didn’t worry about
where I was living. Not only because I had divorced parents but because I don’t come from very wealthy families. So at one point, it was just me and my mom in a big house and it just wasn’t working financially. I saw firsthand what it
means for you not to be able to pay your bills. I’m glad that I had my mom, to
see someone be able to overcome that. That really instilled in me, the drive to
make something out of myself. I didn’t feel like I had a home because
of all the things I went through in high school. Until I got here and now I get to
call somewhere my home here at the UW. This scholarship, in general, it makes me
proud to be able to tell my family and to show my siblings that this is
possible no matter what you go through in life. I just want to say thank you and
how much I appreciate that not only for me but for my family and how much of an
honor it is to me as an individual to be recognized, because in all honesty
I probably would not be going to school if I if I didn’t have my scholarships. Coming to UW and then have the opportunity to actually like make a change, to give back, to have an impact on the community like at large. I’m involved in so many more things now that I don’t have to work a nine-to-five at
McDonald’s. It gives me time to get into organizations like LSAMP, I get to
be an ambassador, I’m teaching a FIG for the Engineering Peer Educator Program
and it just gives me a lot of time to like give back and actually make an
impact. The number one thing I’m most passionate about is immigrant rights. Just my personal experience growing up in an immigrant household, I hope that in
the future I can eliminate those barriers for other children of refugees,
other children of immigrants, and be a voice for other young black Muslim girls who
look like me. Not only the scholarship will help any of us financially, it’s also like a chance for us to show who we are as a student. I think it just supports my journey. There’s not a lot of Latinos here, so I think it’s just getting any more of a representation that we can have and like more success
stories from my culture, from my communities so I think it’s just aids and that support and that kind of way to further my education. I want to get my PhD and hopefully open my private practice
someday. It just gives more of a sense of security and like a reassurance, that
that everything is going to be okay and that I’m meant to be here, that I can be
here, and I don’t have to worry as much. And I think that receiving this
scholarship will help me go forward to if I, or if, and when I plan to go to
graduate school. You don’t know much about me but for you to be able to still be willing to donate to me, still be able to believe in me and my dreams.
That’s so huge and so I’m very thankful. I’m very appreciative and thank you for
inspiring me and thank you for being just a huge part of me accomplishing my
dreams at UW. Thank you. Thank you.

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