Jesse Sanchez

College: Harvard University Hometown: San Diego, CA

Hi, my name is Jesse Sanchez. Growing up in an environment that lacked motivational guidance made it difficult for me to succeed academically. My mother was never around to remind me of the importance of simply doing my homework because she hardly received a break from her endless workday. A single mother, she sustained our family on a meager annual income of less than $7,000, yet I was not going to hold our economic status or her absence as an excuse for failure. Although I searched for any opportunities available to me, at the same time I noticed how my friends in the neighborhood were not. Despite encouraging them to excel in school, I did not understand the reasoning for their growing attitudes of passiveness and low self-esteem as they quickly became enveloped in a lifestyle that was punctuated by organized violence and narcotics.

Seeing how these influences had the power to tear families apart, I strived for a better way of life, put academics first, and made it to college! Finding guidance was difficult but luckily, I was able to find Reality Changers, a program that takes inner-city students and makes them first generation college students.

I hope to be the role model that many of the students in my community lack. I want to prove that academic success is possible, no matter what obstacles one may face. If I am able to continue to lead others toward striving for a college education, then success, rather than the continuation of negative social stigma, would become more prominent for students in my community.

Recent Posts by Jesse

College Acceptances, Visits, and Impact!

jesse-85You finally found out if you got in or not!! This is such an exciting time for you, your family, and your friends- Here’s a video with some tips on what to do now that you know where you got in!

Harvard on Ice!

jesse-85Spring Semester!! Catch up with me and hear about all the cool things college has to offer outside of the classroom! Talk about options!

Check out this video!

Got Mentors?

jesse-85I always thought that college wasn’t an option for me. I didn’t really know anyone who had made it to college and no one in my family had gone either, so it seemed like college was nothing but a fantasy for me. Not havi…

Interviews go well when you’re you

jesse-85Interview time! Whether you already had them or still got some late ones, this is often the last step in the application process, aren’t you relieved?

Some tips though- I know you have heard this before, but be yours…

First Day of School and Wise Summer

jesse-85I know I just posted a few days ago but I couldn’t resist! It’s the first day of school and it was pouring rain but it still went great! Watch the video to find out how it went and some tips on how to spend your su…

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