Cultural Rich Career Choice
Coming from a bi-racial marriage, I was introduced to a wide array of culturally diverse traditions and values. I cannot say one was better than the other because I love my family no matter their race. I am proud of who I am and who I have become. The variety of life and combination of cultures made my childhood exciting and fun.
Family values ran deep in my family. We were together for every holiday and almost every weekend in between. We danced, ate, and simply enjoyed each other’s company. My wedding was rich in Hispanic culture and I was thrilled to be able to take part in so many traditions. My dad instilled a love for food in me, as well as an understanding of our culture. He was proud of his history and shared it often with us. Stories of days working on the ranch, picking cotton, and all of the amazing food his Abuelita would make for them. I looked forward to visiting my own Juelita because she loved to cook. Homemade flour tortillas and papas were available any time we went over there. Mexican food is by far my favorite food and I am thrilled that some of those family recipes have been passed down.
When it came down to getting married I even decided to keep my last name. It had nothing to do with my fully-supportive husband, but merely my since of pride for who I was. I wanted to make something of myself after college and wanted to do it with my family name. Over the past year I believe I have more than made a name for myself. I have a platform for sharing not only about my family, but for things or causes important to me. Not everyone has that voice. I do. And I do because of the sense of pride in a job well done that my dad often showed me. As a carpenter he works diligently with wood and can masterfully create amazing pieces of work. He is hard worker and I find that in myself as well. So much of my work ethic comes from my parents and I only know how to do my very best each time.
Have you thought about your career? Do you wonder how you can afford to pay your child’s college funds? Has your heritage helped develop your career choice? Your child’s? The Coca-Cola Company and Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) are encouraging students ages 16 and above to apply for a scholarship they have set up entitled, Destapa su Futuro / Uncap Their Future.
In fact, the Coca-Cola Company, HSF and participating retail partners have joined together to award more than $300,000 in scholarships during Hispanic Heritage Month. Therefore, through October 31, students can apply for a scholarship by simply answering three thought-provoking essay questions. Students are asked to reflect on how their heritage has affected their career goals, the importance of education in their lives as well as their community service experiences. Do NOT WAIT until the last minute to apply. Applying is easy and can be done quickly online here: HSF Application
The time to Uncap Your Future (Destapa su Futuro) is now!