This is the 12th in the series of interviews with people working to increase the attainment rate in Arizona.
Continuing with this feature, and throughout the rest of this year, we’ll be taking a closer look at the College Success Arizona team, the people that make all that we do happen. We’ll be asking the normal “tell us a little about yourself” questions, but also delving a little deeper into each team member’s personality, and what makes them who they are.
This month’s subject is Violeta Ramos, Success Adviser, at College Success Arizona.
College Success Arizona presents “My Story, Chapter 2” featuring Jesus Valenzuela, one of the many high potential students from low income circumstances who have earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona.
We are following Jesus as he completes his journey at the University of Arizona in pursuit of his Bachelor’s Degree.
This is chapter 2 of Jesus’ story, centered on his experiences during the second semester of his Freshmen year at the University of Arizona. Jesus is 19 years old, and is a graduate of Desert View High School in Tucson, where he was born and raised. Jesus is passionate about music, basketball, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business.
The enduring popular concept of what it means to go to college sends young people the message that they’re not “college material” if they’re not interested in, or able to attend, a four-year college or university.
To counter this narrow and sometimes elitist image of higher education, we must build a college-going culture in our communities that is inclusive and that promotes higher education in its many forms as a desirable and attainable goal for all young people. We as a society — and especially those of us in the education community — must do everything we can to achieve this goal.