Student ID Number27835
NameAlicia Miramontes
What is your GPA3.5
What high school do you attend? (CHS or CSHS)CHS
Where have you applied for further education?

Idaho State University,Pocatello,Idaho
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado
College of Western Idaho

What is your inteded major/speciality?Nursing
In 200 words or less please explain why you are choosing this major/specialty

I would like to pursue nursing in order to fulfill my lifelong dream of helping others around the country and around the world. For as long as I can remember, I have always gone out of my way to either help my family members or others with anything as simple as translating or just helping grab a can of food off of the top of a shelf at a grocery store.
When I was little, my mom and I both had various problems dealing with our health. After living through all the trouble, I had always told myself that instead of dealing with all the staff members that couldn’t help us in a more profound way, I will become the one staff member that I really needed when I was smaller. My ultimate goal is to eventually create my own organization similar to American Red Cross that focuses mainly on people who live in poverty or just help the needy in every country.

1. What are your educational goals? Specifically list your planned major and minor courses of study. What do you plan to do with your education?

As a freshman in high school, I was clueless about what I wanted to do with my life. The only thing I knew I wanted to do was to become a traveling doctor that helps those living in developing countries. Growing up, I’ve seen how my mom has suffered from many illnesses she has had. My desire to help others that are in need grew stronger.
Starting sophomore year, I began taking health science courses to lead me on the path to becoming a certified nursing assistant when I graduate. In my senior year, I job-shadowed a CNA at an assisted living facility. This experience made me realize that I love to work for and with others. In the summer of 2017, I also took a class, during a summer program with TRIO Upward Bound, which helped serve the homeless. From that summer to the summer of 2018, I realized I’m very passionate about working for others in need.
For as long as I can remember, I have struggled to step outside of my comfort zone. With the help of TRIO Upward Bound and Future Hispanic Leaders of America, I gradually became comfortable opening up to others. As I became more involved, I gained leadership skills and met new people. Without the help of fellow club members and my dedication to being involved, I wouldn’t have gained the confidence that I now have in myself.
Recently, I have been lost in what I want to major in college. I believe that majoring in nursing is the best choice for me. I would also like to major in Spanish to perfect my Spanish. A realistic goal for me is to become a registered nurse after college. Another major goal in my life is to become a pilot later in life.

What extracurricular activities or events have you participated in during high school?

I joined TRIO Upward Bound as a freshman in high school. Shortly after, I was introduced to Future Hispanic Leaders of America. I had an interest in attending a meeting, but I was shy, so I waited until I got the courage to go.
With Upward Bound, I helped serve the less fortunate and I was exposed to different experiences. I also learned a traditional Mexican dance and taught elementary students how to dance it.
I joined a nurse assistant program and have job-shadowed a CNA at a nursing home. From this, I realized I love to work for others.

3. What is the most impactful experience that you have had as a participant in TRIO Upward Bound?

In the TRIO Upward Bound summer program of 2019, I was involved in helping organize a carnival for elementary students. All the members attending the summer program were put into smaller groups and created games that related closely to going on to college after high school.
When the day of the carnival arrived, I was chosen to be an ambassador to the elementary kids by my small group. I was assigned to explain how the carnival operated to a kindergarten class filled with younger students. I remember first walking to the classroom with my heart racing because I was nervous to talk in front of a lot of people, even if they were younger than me. When I stepped into the very well organized classroom, all the kindergarteners stared at me with curiosity. The teacher first let me introduce myself and the Upward Bound program before leaving the classroom. As I explained, my hands were trembling for the first time in a while.
The teacher then split all the students into small groups. I was assigned to a very energetic group of kindergarteners that filled my heart with gratitude. From the beginning of the carnival to the end, I was responsible for all the students in my group. I not only got to know each person but I also got to watch them have fun all afternoon. I made sure that each student got to play their preferred game because I didn’t want them to feel left out and disappointed. I consider this experience very impactful because I took on a huge role in watching over a very energetic and fun group of kindergarteners. In my freshman year, I was very shy and not very confident in myself, so this experience proves that I grew so much throughout high school.

Other than financial, what is the biggest obstacle you face to completing college? What resources will you utilize to help you overcome this obstacle?

The biggest obstacle that I will face to complete college would be the lack of family support. When I was in the process of applying for colleges, I asked my parents for their opinion on where I should apply, but all they told me was to apply wherever I feel might be a good fit. Since I'm the first person in my family to go to college, I automatically knew that they were as clueless as I was. As I began to get accepted into universities, my parents' reactions were different from what I expected. All they told me was congratulations and shortly after listed all the negative aspects of attending those universities.
Since the beginning of my senior year, I have been asked about my plans after high school several times from my family as well. I didn’t know how to answer them because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. With the help of the nursing assistant program at my school, I decided that I will go to college to become a registered nurse and later travel to developing countries to help the needy. Every time I mention traveling as a nurse, my family always reminds me that it is very rare to accomplish huge goals in life.
Once I attend college, I’m planning to join organizations that help first-generation college students. I will utilize this resource to have a support system that I will be lacking from my family.

5. What will it mean to you to be the recipient of The Opportunity Fund?

Over the years, I have seen how much I grew while being involved in TRIO Upward Bound. I have experienced a lot of things that I know I wouldn’t have on my own. I was introduced to another great club filled with amazing people. I was constantly stepping outside of my comfort zone which has helped me build my character. I became confident in myself by challenging myself academically.
It will mean the world to me if I was chosen to be the recipient of The Opportunity Fund. Being the recipient would prove to me that I am worthy enough to call myself a TRIO Upward Bound member. Being the recipient would prove to me that I can reach my goals with the help of others by my side instead of trying on my own.

6. To what organizations or events have you offered service during high school? What was the most rewarding volunteer experience that you have had, and why?

Throughout high school, I have been involved with TRIO Upward Bound, Future Hispanic Leaders of America and a nursing assistant program. Being involved in all three organizations, I have volunteered several times that have helped build my character and strengthen my confidence in myself.
Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a community center that provides medical services to several individuals. During this event, I was mainly helping translate for those who couldn’t communicate with or didn’t understand the healthcare providers there. When I first arrived I helped at the snack table with a couple of my friends. We invited many of the guests to grab a snack or some coffee while they stood in line for the many different stations near us. While working at the snack table, my friends and I met an intern that was interning at a hospital. While the small building was being filled with more guests, I realized that most of the people there were Hispanic and their primary language is Spanish.
The person in charge of the event pulled one of my friends and me to the opposite of the building to help translate for those who are wanting to understand both their blood glucose and cholesterol levels. There were a lot of people who needed help understanding so my friend and I were jumping from one table to the next to satisfy everybody’s needs. I was eventually needed at another station where free flu shots were offered. I was the only person that was bilingual so it became a very busy afternoon. After the event was over, I felt very satisfied with trying to help everybody as much as I could. This event helped me realize that I love interacting with all kinds of people.

7. How do you plan to fund your post-secondary education? If you have worked during high school describe what you have done.

Throughout high school, my dad has always wanted my siblings and I to further our education by attending college. Once my older sister graduated high school and became pregnant, he was so furious that he kicked her out of the house. After a couple of months, my dad constantly reminded my younger brothers and me to pursue a career and continue our education that will impact our lives forever. I would always turn back and ask how I would pay for college; being the first person to go to college in our family. He then told me that he will have to get a second job or as many jobs to pay for all my expenses. I made it clear to him that he didn’t have to overwork himself to pay for my education.
Since I haven’t worked during high school, I plan on working this summer as many days as I can to pay for some of my college necessities. I also plan on taking out as many loans as I need so I can have a chance to have a college experience. During the school year, it is very likely that I will have to work also.