Tags: Notre Dame
Institution: Notre Dame
Study: Major in neuroscience and behavior
High School Experience
My high school experience was a memorable one. Like most high schools, there’s the drama. But, I will always remember my great teachers, the organizations I was in, and all the fun I had with my close friends. I learned as much as I could and took every opportunity. I have no regrets. What I didn’t like is that I didn’t get to say goodbye to everyone! But, life goes on and I’m thankful for my time spent at Galena Park High School!
My academic interests throughout high school revolved around STEM & music (vocal performance). So, I took more challenging courses that challenged me as both a singer and student pursuing a career in STEM.
I took both AP and IB courses (majority AP). I took AP Music Theory, AP Biology, AP Physics, AP World History, AP US History, AP English Language, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Government, AP Economics, AP Calculus, & AP Literature. On AP exams, my performance were not the best. I believe it was due to my lack of preparation. I didn’t know how to study. But overall, I learned a lot in all my classes.
ACT composite: 27
ACT superscore: 29
My extracurriculars included Choir (4yrs), NHS (3yrs), Spanish Honor Society (4yrs), Science Honor Society (1yr), Mu Alpha Theta (3yrs), Interact Club (4yrs), Student Council (4yrs), Student Class Officers (2yrs), United In Christ (2yrs), HOSA (1yr), Catechism (1yr), Peer Tutoring & Mentoring (1yr), Athletic Trainer (1yr), TFME (4yrs), Book Buddies (2 months), & Church Choir (6yrs). My positions were parliamentarian, historian, president, teacher, youth coordinator, & founder.
My relationship with my recommendations we’re close. My academic advisor and me are like BFFs. My AP US History teacher was crucial to my growth as a student in regards to my studying habits. And my church choir director has taught me so many life lessons and has been a crucial part to my development as a singer.
I did have a theme to my essays. The first one was being a first generation student and wanting to be the best possible for my parents, family, culture, & community. I painted the image of my upbringing and how it had affected me. The second one was about my church and community. I walked the reader through my church: how my community and I have grown.
What made me a strong applicant is my willingness to help others and community service. I have been an extremely active catholic in a local church since age 7. I also enjoy teaching others. It wasn’t enough to simply be a part of something. I want others to follow in my footsteps. ND says, “give more than you receive.” What makes ND different as far as the applicant pool goes, you need to have heart. I read to low-income ESL kids. I started the first peer-tutoring group at my school. I was the first freshman All-Stater in my district. As a First Generation Hispanic woman from a low-income community, I am trudging forth blindly. However, I hope to light the way for other young girls just like me. Because if I can do it, so can they. I’m not the smartest, but I work the hardest. And that’s what ND wanted.
Find your talent. Improve your craft. Take rein of your education. It’s all yours. Soak in knowledge like a sponge. Then share your knowledge with the world. Don’t become complacent. Live the way you want to be remembered. Keep moving forward. You can do it. If it was easy, everyone would do it.
First generation Hispanic woman.
I chose ND because of the amazing community, the research opportunities, the connections, the academic rigor, the emphasis on Catholicism, the faculty, and the student life.