I speak the thousands of Hispanic students every year. The more I talk to them the more I realize that they need motivation. By the time I get in front of students I don’t know where they came from or where they have been. I see students who don’t have a clue as to what awaits them in high school and college if they go. I say if they go because about half of the teens I ask about college say that they don’t know if they will attend.
I can understand because some are focused on graduating high school and college seems so far away to Hispanic students. Not all because there are some who have been raised in a way where not attending college was never an option, they’re going and it’s just a matter as to where they will attend.
Don’t believe me, ask a Hispanic sophomore in High School about where they are going to attend college. You are going to get the deer in the headlights look. That is why I feel my job is to give teens a pep talk as to why it’s important to attend college. Since I went to college and finished grad school they get to see and hear from somebody who looks and talks like them. Somebody who grew up the way they grew up and made it through. I want to students to say, man if Fabian can do it then so can I. I feel like my life was created in order to motivate students to be the best students they can be and to accomplish what they didn’t think possible.
With a little push and strong positive words, there is no telling where a Hispanic student can end up. This is why I will not stop motivating Hispanic youth to follow their dreams.