Monica Y. Espericueta -

Center Store Leader, H-E-B

I went to Roy Miller High School. I was involved in everything! I was involved in student government, honor society, the laureate program, the Reading of the Minds. I was going to succeed no matter what. My parents were very supportive about my brother and I going to college, they just didn’t know how to get us there. My brother went to Del Mar College. He got on board first and then I went. I had heard it was a good school. I was the one who went and figured out how to do everything though. The price really worked out for me at the time. It made going to college a possibility. Once I figured it all out, I thought, “Wow, I can do this!” It gave me the confidence to take it to the next level, so I went to TAMU-CC. By the time I got there, I was ready, and I knew it could do it!

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At 11 years of age and going into the 5th grade, my family moved here from Monterrey, Mexico. We left our family, our culture, and our way of life for a better future. I look back now, and I am amazed by what my parents did for my siblings and me. They gave us emotional support to start new lives. I worked hard in school, and I wanted to go to college more than anything. Del Mar was the best choice for me. I worked very hard to put myself through college because, not being born in the U.S., I did not qualify for any financial assistance. I gratefully received a scholarship from the DMC Foundation that really helped, but everything else I paid for by myself.

Monica Y. Espericueta, Class of '06
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“DMC gave me the confidence to know that if I can make it here, I can make it anywhere!”