Real Estate Analyst, Freddie Mac
As a young, low-income, transgender, Latino student from Kansas City, I never could have imagined the experiences I have had and accomplishments I have made these last four years. And while I’d like to give myself credit for being able to plan, be flexible and problem-solve my way through challenges to get to where I am today – I know I didn’t do it alone. There’s a saying that goes, “If you want to walk fast, walk alone, but if you want to walk far, walk together.” I’ve walked far because I had the financial support from HDF, along with other scholarships, to push open doors for me rather than let the lack of financial ability keep them shut. Receiving the HDF scholarship each year allowed me to gain experience and exposure to people, placesand ideas that have helped me develop a greater sense of who I am and who I want to become.
This past May I graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with a B.S. in Business Administration, a specialization in Information Systems and Technology, and a minor in Sociology. While in school, I worked as an intern at the Democratic National Committee and the Human Rights Campaign. I also studied for six months in Hong Kong and visited Singapore and Japan. Since graduating, I started my professional career at Freddie Mac, performing control testing to mitigate operational risks (e.g. data privacy, fraud/money laundering, information security/technology). In addition to my full-time job, I launched my first business, BrokeBookz. This service helps college students find their textbooks at the lowest cost, saving them time and money. Having been a low-income student, I understand firsthand the benefit of this service which is why helping others in this capacity has really become a special interest of mine.
As I continue this next chapter of my life, I will always remember that I am where I am today because I did not walk alone. My family and friends, my professors and mentors, and scholarship donors and board/staff members walked with me. With that in mind, I will make sure that I too walk with others, helping them achieve their goals, just as the Hispanic Development Fund did for me.”