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Fighting for an Education

When Guadalupe Esquivel arrived at college, she told her advisor she wanted to declare a double major: business and math. Her advisor wouldn’t authorize it. Guadalupe – Lupe, for short – was not deterred. She went to the math dean, and told him her goal. She pointed out her perfect score on the advanced placement calculus test. In the end, he put her down as a double major. Three years later, Lupe is on track to graduate with both degrees, and that same dean is encouraging her to become a math professor.

Since an early age, she has been prepared to fight for her education. She was born in Mexico, and brought by her mother into the U.S. at age five. She watched and helped as her mother worked multiple jobs to support her and her younger sister, driven by the desire to give them a better life.

“We’ve had a lot of people say that college is not an option for me,” Lupe says. “But since I was little, my mom always told me: No matter what, you’re going to go to college.”

Through the college readiness program Breakthrough Silicon Valley, Lupe was nominated for the Investment in Success scholarship. She still has the voicemail from the Mason who called to tell her she’d been selected.

“Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed at school, I’ll play that message back,” she says. “And I think: There are a lot of people who want me to succeed. I was blessed with this scholarship and there are people out there expecting me to do well.”

She is raising others’ expectations, too. With her help, her sister is beginning her own college search. Her teenage cousins often come to her with questions about college.

“Before me there was no one in the family who could help, and now there is,” Lupe says. “That’s something I’m really proud of.”

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