GPA: 99.25,SAT: 1160 Rank: 10
Hello, My name is Julissa Alessandra Arteaga and I am a junior at El Dorado High School. I am in the International Baccalaureate program at my school and I have a strong passion for engineering. I am applying in hopes of gaining college experience and enhancing my passion in the field of STEM. When I was younger, I was always fascinated by the robots and technological advances that I would see on television. We live in a fast-developing society where technology is advancing at an enormous rate, and when I saw that the technology that I used to see could become a reality, I knew that I wanted to be involved in the engineering/science industry. While I have a passion in the STEM, I have always wanted to dedicate myself to helping people, I believe that it is important to give back to community and always have a kind heart. In middle school, I became involved in student council, and served as president and vice president my seventh and eighth grade year. Through student council, we did a lot of volunteering and I developed a love towards helping people. My freshman year, I became interested in the medical field because it would give me the opportunity to help people in a significant way. Initially, I went into high school thinking I wanted to be a doctor but then I saw the robotics table in the cafeteria and it immediately caught my interest. My first year, I was scared to join robotics by myself but then sophomore year I decided to take the risk and join anyway. That was the best decision I ever made because it opened new opportunities and new perspectives. Through robotics I learned not only about robotics but the importance in giving back. Since then my passion in STEM has continued to grow and has helped me discover a profession that combines medicine and engineering, biomedical engineering. I am part of The RoboAzTechs/Calpulli Bots robotics team and I believe I have greatly contributed to our success as a team. My hopes from the program is that it allows me to experience the college life by exposing me to the environment and push me to be independent. I am from El Paso, Texas which is a small city and I believe it’s imperative to take advantage of all opportunities and this program would be great exposure outside of the city.
“Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn’t Work Hard”, this quote has served as a reassurance of the potential that lies in everyone. I strongly believe that hard work surpasses the importance of talent because talent has proven to be useless with a lack of motivation. Personally, I don’t consider myself to be very naturally gifted, but I know that I can attain the same result as anyone else by supplementing the gap with effort. I’ve realized that some of us have to work harder than others, but we all have the potential to strive and succeed. In middle school, I never thought that I was smart enough and this negative mindset transferred into my low academics. At the awards ceremony, as I watched my peers receive their recognitions, it allowed me to reflect on my year. It was at that moment that I knew I no longer wanted to just settle for mediocrity. Although I came across some bumps in the road, I kept going and didn’t give up because this was something that I wanted to do for my future. I pushed through the hard times and saw improvements in my grades while participating in clubs and sports. After all my hard work, I was thrilled when I received the invitation to the awards ceremony. My rank raised to seventh, I achieved the honor roll, and placed in the science and listening skills UIL competition. I’ll never forget how accomplished I felt, not only did I make my family proud, but myself, and realized what I was capable of. Even if we don’t reach our initial goal, we should always treat situations as learning experiences. I no longer see my sixth-grade year negatively because it motivated me and helped me realize the key to success.
I truly admire my parents and all the hard work and sacrifices that they have made to build a family to the best of their abilities. As an older sister, I have always been expected to be strong and step in to fulfill the missing pieces. I had to grow up at a young age and take on the responsibilities that many children my age don’t go through. My situation has built my maturity, allowed me to become independent, and experience certain pressures. At a young age I was always given responsibilities that have progressively grown like cleaning the house, cooking dinner, doing laundry, and taking care of my younger siblings. Due to the fact both of my parents work early, I care for my younger siblings and get them ready every morning. This experience has also been a blessing and allowed me to build a relationship with my sisters and transfers into my love of working with children. I strongly believe that the responsibilities given to me at a young age have built me into the person I am today and has made me stronger.
Living in a border city truly is amazing because it allows us to experience American opportunities while being right next door to our heritage. I am proud of my culture and know that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my community. As a Hispanic female, I have gone through my fair shares of discrimination and misogynistic experiences. Despite my disappointing experiences, I use these encounters as motivation to work even harder and prove that I am beyond capable of the task and surpass their expectations. As a hardworking Latina woman, I know that I have the potential to reach greatness in the field of engineering. In my robotics team, leadership positions are primarily held by young women. As members of the weaker sex we make it a priority to make our female presence prominent. Being Hispanic, we are very family oriented and encouraged to stay home, but I know that in doing that I would be playing it safe and limiting my opportunities.