Hispanic Outlook Magazine does a great job of profiling Latino students in college. From for-profits to state institutions, the article incorporates profiles of students in each category – many of which are inspiring. Such was the case of community college student Jessica Bonilla:
Working two or three jobs to pay her tuition, Bonilla said she came directly to school from work and sometimes slept in her car in the college parking lot before classes because she was so tired. This year, Bonilla became the first member of her family to earn a college degree. An honors graduate with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, she also was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the honors society for community colleges. She is transferring to a four-year school and hopes to go to law school.
I’ve blogged before regarding the experiences of Latino college students and how their experiences impact their transition into the workforce and social mobility. This article once again demonstrates how the path, while different, still involves overcoming many of the same barriers regardless of where they attend.