In planning to pursue a college education, Victoria is following in the footsteps of her parents and two older sisters. She says that she is grateful for the life her parents, originally from Argentina, have provided. She adds that learning has always given her “a sense of fulfillment,” and that she sees higher education as a way to expand her knowledge of the world, and develop her leadership skills.
Currently a senior at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, Victoria is actively involved both in the school and her community. She is president of the history club and the literary magazine, is the co-founder and president of the school’s Model UN, and is a leader for Diff’rent Strokes, a club on campus devoted to diversity and multiculturalism. She also writes editorials for the school newspaper, participates in the Speech and Debate club, and is part of an ESL service group. In the wider community, she is a lector for her church parish and volunteers regularly for Manna on Main Street, an organization that provides food, education, and community outreach to those in need.
In recognition of her achievements, she received a partial academic scholarship to Gwynedd Mercy, and has been inducted to the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, and the Latin Honor Society. She has also earned multiple academic and speech and debate awards. After graduating from high school and attaining her college degree, she plans to pursue a career as a political journalist.
In July, Victoria was one of 152 students invited to attend the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s 2018 Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) at Princeton University. YLI is a four-day, overnight conference that gives outstanding Latino rising high school seniors the practical tools they need to set a course for success in college and career. Victoria says she feels empowered by HSF’s support of her continued development, adding, “Knowing that HSF sees potential in me fills me with self-confidence and gratitude for my life and everyone who helped me get here.”
She believes that the potential for growth can serve as academic inspiration and advises other aspiring college students and leaders to set goals, work hard, and enjoy the learning process. “Use high school to your greatest advantage,” she says, “fill your resume with things you are passionate about, involve yourself with your community, and take classes that demonstrate your true potential.”