"I was born and raised in Rockville, Maryland. My parents are from El Salvador so I have always considered myself Salvadoran-American. I like to say that I was always meant to go to Georgetown. I did not know Georgetown existed until the summer before my senior year in high school until I participated in a college preparation program. I knew that Georgetown’s Jesuit values were consistent with mine and the proximity to home would be helpful for me and my parents. From then on, I made sure to know everything that was going on campus; I remember watching an event on Afghan Women’s Future where John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush spoke and it reinforced that I had to be at Georgetown. When I received my acceptance letter, I was with my dad. It was one of the happiest moments in my life because I realized that it did not matter where I started, but it is about overcoming barriers and being persistent in what you believe. I hope that me being at Georgetown can inspire others to believe that they can achieve whatever they are determined to achieve, regardless of the amount of challenges one is presented with."