Latinos need to go to college just like everyone else, for many reasons that I am about to explain.
When I was growing up, there was never any question about whether or not I’d be going to college. It was a given. I knew my family expected me to graduate from high school, and I was, in fact, eager to start the college application process. My mother set the bar high as far as her expectations went, and I was expected to live up to them. Children quickly learn to live up—or down!—to their parents’ expectations. Which is why I think it is so important for us to dream big for our children. Maybe they won’t choose to follow the exact path that we would like for them to follow, but with our support and encouragement, they will fearlessly forge their own way.