The first of her siblings to attend high school and college, Aracely has lived through a turbulent family history, her mother’s breast cancer, poverty, and a suspension from school after a disciplinary issue. As a valedictorian at a Denver High School, Aracely has earned a full ride to college. In her speech, she talks about her mother’s difficult decision to have her at the young age of 18, of learning of her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis and living past the 5 year prognosis, and then making poor decisions in school that resulted in a suspension. This past June she gave thanks to the many mentors who guided her since this suspension and helped her see her potential so that she can walk through those college doors. Watch her speech now.
Today I came across this website recommended by a mentor friend of mine. I’d been trying to figure out how I might honor this weekend in the midst of attending two marriage celebrations and finishing a midterm. Reading this website and filling out my ribbon of hope message, I am reminded of all we have to continue to learn about love- in terms of loving one another as humans. I mean that deep, authentic, genuine, empathetic love and respect that I strive to give each soul I come across – no matter our differences of opinions, culture, spiritual beliefs, no matter the errors in our ways.