Alexa-Ayerim Castillo Cruz, I always wondered growing up why Alexa-Ayerim, people could rarely pronounce it. It wasn’t a common name such as Sarah, Natalie, or Kate, as a child never really understood my ethnicity nor my culture. When I was a little girl I remember asking my why was I different from other people, why do we do things differently than others? She would always reply “ Eres differente porque asi te heco dios y eres muy especial. Nunca te olvides de donde eres” (You different because you are very special and that how god made you. Never forget your roots.) Even after always hearing that moving to Utah from California at a young age I would have my teachers and friends call me Alexa, I guess passing just made me feel a lot more normal. Over the years that mentality changed.
I AM Alexa-Ayerim Castillo Cruz. Born in Mexico City, raised in Pasadena, California and in West Jordan, Utah. I am 19 years old and I am a proud Hispanic. I had an Associates degree in Science before even graduating high school. I was on honor roll ever since I can remember, and award four M.E.S.A awards. I have a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo, undefeated in my rank, State Champion, and a National Medalist. Currently a full time student pursing a double major in EMS and Psychology, taking prerequisites for Physical Therapy School, while working part time. My goals are to specialize in Sports and work on a professional sports team, with hopes of later on in the future applying or being invited to work on the Olympic committee.
When I mention these qualities and achievements to people they are left with a look on their faces. Maybe because I am Hispanic, from dual income middle class family, whose parents never went further than an average high school education. The book states that socioeconomic status has long been thought to socialize students into different achievement profiles and distinct schooling trajectories, also that background influences achievement due to the fact it is a primary influence on the child’s education, but that wasn’t the...