Passing the Test and Finding a Voice

By, Saloni Patel, UCLA Freshman and El Rancho Alumni
I had the honor of being part of two Generation First Degree Pico Rivera programs: the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) and “Be A Leader” program at El Rancho High School.

With the help of the EAOP program, I studied for the SATs for an average of three hours a day and increased my SAT score by seventy points. This achievement was possible because the EAOP mentors regularly checked up on me to help clarify any confusion and aided me in utilizing efficient study methods.

I have grown to become a stronger student through these programs. In high school, I was not able to express my ideas with teachers and educated elders. Now, whenever I have a question or strive to elucidate an idea, I am the person in the room who raises her hand. This quality has been extremely beneficial, especially in college, where most students are scared to ask professors questions. I do not hesitate to ask for clarifications. I have outgrown my previous insecurity and have become a driven, vocal and confident student because of EAOP and the Generation 1st Degree – Pico Rivera “Be a Leader” program.
I am currently studying at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) as a freshman. My major is Biology and I plan on going to medical school to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a pediatrician.

I enjoy the path I am on now because it’s challenging and the fruits of my hard work are starting to pay off and are equally as rewarding. The Generation 1st Degree college programs help students develop strong study habits that are extremely integral in college. I am grateful that I took the opportunity to be part of these amazing programs offered at El Rancho High School.