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Tianna Renteria

Tianna Renteria

艾可直播 Carver, Class of 2019 鈫 Texas Southern University in Houston

My name is Tianna Renteria and I am a senior at 艾可直播 Carver College Preparatory in San Antonio, Texas. Though 艾可直播 has become my home away from home for the last few years, I did not want to transfer from my old school to 艾可直播. In fact, I fought my parents hard about it. Luckily for me, what I initially thought was a punishment soon turned into the opportunity of a lifetime.鈥

I grew up on the east side of San Antonio, and as it became time for me to begin high school, my family felt like I needed a change.鈥疶hey told me I had so much potential and that they were worried about who I was hanging out with at school. They wanted me to think of my future. All I could really think about was how unfair it was to have to leave everyone I knew and go to a completely different school.

When I started my freshman year at 艾可直播 Carver, it was a real struggle. I really didn鈥檛 want to go, and I didn鈥檛 like wearing the uniform. I just wanted to be at my old school with my friends.

One of the first things that helped me feel more secure were the teachers that I began to spend鈥痶ime with鈥痚ach day.鈥疶hey really made a difference to me. My teachers made me feel cared about. At my old school, teachers would give me a grade and I wouldn鈥檛 even do anything, I wasn鈥檛 even in class sometimes. At 艾可直播, the teachers tried to learn about me and my life, and they really wanted me to be my best.

I had a biology teacher who saw through my sullen demeanor and encouraged me to鈥痮pen up鈥痑nd embrace this community on campus that really wanted to see me succeed.鈥疻henever I felt alone, she would tell me 鈥榶ou can鈥檛 just walk around being mad at the world鈥 and remind me that everyone was rooting for me and wanted me to be happy. She said all I had to do was just open up and show the world who I am and be proud of that.

I eventually warmed up a bit, but still expected to go back to my old school once I completed ninth-grade. However, my parents made it clear that 艾可直播 Carver was going to be my home for the next few years, and I knew all I could do was to make the best of it.

I thought about what my teachers told me, and how all I had to do was be open to new possibilities. Our AP classes were preparing us for college. Our trips to colleges across the state and the country were preparing us for college. Everything at 艾可直播 was slowly building us to be ready for our lives, and it was opening my eyes to opportunities I never dreamed were possible for someone like me.鈥

Before 艾可直播, I wasn鈥檛 really thinking about college. I just went to school. But at 艾可直播, I had a purpose and I鈥檓 thankful because changing schools changed my life.

As a student at 艾可直播, I began to take my future seriously. I made friends and studied hard. I was one of ten students selected for the prestigious David Robinson Fellowship, which provides financial support for college-bound seniors graduating from 艾可直播 Carver.

The fellowship consists of a mentor program by Robinson paired with six sessions of enriching co-curricular and leadership development classes in addition to a college scholarship. The goal of the fellowship is to foster success and graduation from a college or university within four years, and funds can be used for tuition, books, living expenses or other costs related my education.鈥

In total, I applied to eight universities and was overjoyed at the amount of acceptances I received. I was overcome with emotion at San Antonio鈥檚 inaugural鈥 College 鈥疭igning 鈥疍ay where I got to stand before my family and proudly announced鈥痶hat I will be attending Texas Southern University in Houston this fall and study criminal justice. I am even considering applying to Howard University School of Law someday to earn my Juris Doctor degree.

When I stop to consider what my life could have been compared to what it is going to be, I can鈥檛 help but feel grateful that my parents chose the right path for me, even when I couldn鈥檛 see it. I don鈥檛 know where I would be if I had stayed at my old school. I don鈥檛 even know if I would be going to college. But I do know that if they hadn鈥檛 sent me to 艾可直播, I wouldn鈥檛 have all the opportunities I have now.