An Opportunity Built on Passion

Cesar Ramon Covarrubias

El Rancho High School Alumnus & UCI Freshman

Opportunity comes from having a passion. If you find the passion to pursue something, you’ll find the opportunities to achieve your goals. As for me, I found the passion to be the first in my family to go to a four-year university. This opportunity arose for me because I studied hard, put a lot of effort into getting good grades and was actively involved while at El Rancho High School.

I knew I couldn’t do it alone. I sought help and looked into the resources that were available on campus. I received help from various programs offered at ERHS including the programs that fall under Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, like The College Blueprint, the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) and the Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera “Be A Leader” program.

All of these programs were excellent because they really help you with any of your college-going needs. The College Blueprint program truly helped me get a head start on many things, such as searching for the college I wanted to attend and selecting a major. They also helped guide me with my personal statements when I applied for colleges. On one occasion, I also won a free Chromebook in a raffle hosted by this program. It was an important tool that I used to do my schoolwork.

The Generation 1st Degree Pico-Rivera “Be A Leader” program was excellent because they provided me with feedback on how I could revise my essays for the scholarships and college applications I worked on. Alma Renteria, the mentor of the program was superb in helping the students revise their essays. She really cared about our success. EAOP also helped guide me throughout my years of high school as they assisted looking over my college applications.

With the help of the ERHS staff, Generation 1st Degree – Pico Rivera and the mentors from all the said programs, I was able to fulfill my goal of attending The University of California, Irvine. My major is Computer Science and Engineering. My hope is to become an engineer. It’s a great honor and privilege to be able to attend UCI because I now have an even greater passion to make my life better. I now have the opportunity to fulfill my goals of earning a college degree and live a truly successful and fulfilled life.

Just as I received help along the way, I plan to give back to my community. In this way, other hard working students with the same passions can have the same and even better opportunities in their future.