"I remember thinking how college wasn't an option. Even with people telling me I could make it; I didn't. "Too much money, What time, commute or dorm, Is it worth it?" was all I could think the first year of High School and my parents could not help me due their language barrier. The thought of college seemed out of my grasp and impossible to reach. When I joined robotics I wasn't sure what to expect because I good friend of mine told me to join. It was my sophomore year of high school and slowly I began to see myself flourish within my robotics team. I started with the build team having professional engineers guide me through every aspect from the robotics to my college applications. I went from college was impossible to inspiring other through our Buddy Bot programs and outreach events. I would have never even considered engineering if it wasn't for FIRST who believed and told me I was an inspiration. There was never a moment where I thought it would be easy to go into engineering, but I knew it was possible. I developed strong Leadership, Communication, and Public Speaking skills, but the most valuable part I take away from Team 56 was that they taught me it did not matter the size of our team because together we were willing to work hard for our success. This mentality has not changed since that time and I joined the Society of Hispanic Engineers my freshman year. Later on, I was freshman of the month and then was nominated to become their Freshman representative, but all this would have never happened if I had never met Team 56. I graduated High School with Honors, 6 scholarships, National Honors Society, National Art Honors Society, College Readiness Program, Outstanding Senior Award Tennis and 3 beautiful medals from every year I was on the Robotics team. But like I said before all this would have never happened without the help of my mentors and Team 56. So my goal is to help others as an Industrial Engineer and inspire High schoolers to succeed with their strengths & future."