My name is Anahi Chavez, and I am the youngest of twelve siblings (5 brothers and 6 sisters). My family and I left our native country (Mexico) to come to the United States when I was only seven years old.
Living in the United States as an immigrant was very hard. My father had to work two full-time jobs in order to be able to support my siblings and me, while my mother stayed home to cook, clean, and take care of us.
My first three years living in the United States were very hard. I had to adapt to the culture and learn the language. I felt lost and scared, but my parents always encouraged me to work hard, and to never give up.
Now, 19 years later, I am a senior at Notre Dame De Namur University, and very close to accomplishing one of my major goals. I will soon be graduating, and obtaining my Bachelors Degree in Human Services with a concentration in Counseling, and another one in Administration.
It took me many years to figure out what I really wanted to study because I wanted to make sure I made the right choice. It was not until three years ago when I decided that I wanted to major in Human Services. With a Human Services degree, I will be able to help those families who face financial problems, and help them organize their lives and schedules in a way that will give them the opportunity to go to work, and go to school at the same time.
Mission Personal Statement
I want to serve as a role model for First Generation College students from low-income backgrounds, by showing them the path to their career of choice. I will provide the help and guidance throughout the process, and allow them to make choices based on their own personal values and interests.