A message from Itzel:
My parents are wonderful people who came to this country from Mexico when they were teenagers. They are not well educated, they work very hard and struggle for money. However, they love my sister and I very much and want us to have a better life. When I was chosen to participate in the Peninsula Bridge Program, I saw for the first time, a whole new world. My parents also saw that world. My parents and I realized that a really good education was what I needed for a better life.
The very first time I walked on the Mercy campus, I felt at home. I want to attend Mercy for many reasons. Mercy would offer me a challenging education. It would offer me many opportunities that I cannot get in a public high school. When I shadowed at Mercy, I saw students who worked hard and looked very happy. My shadow host explained to me that the teachers at Mercy are always available to the students. I like knowing that if I need help, teachers will be there to help me.
Thankfully, I was accepted into Mercy. Unfortunately, they are not giving us enough financial aid. I do not want to lose this wonderful opportunity just because we cannot afford it. I know that if I attend Mercy I know I will receive a wonderful education. I want that education so I can achieve my dream of going to a great college.
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