Jimena is a Senior at Aurora Central High School. She was first introduced to Boys Hope Girls Hope through her middle school counselor. She credits BHGH with giving her the opportunity to ensure she goes to college and ultimately obtain a position in the medical field, which she has dreamed about since she was a child. She says the program has allowed her to be one step ahead in her future because she has been receiving college guidance from the very beginning.
Jimena went on college tours as a freshman and each one made her optimistic, realizing she could obtain an education after high school – and she wasn’t as worried about financial barriers. She has also been introduced to a wide variety of career opportunities. Through monthly career panels, she was given exposure to business, medical law enforcement and other fields. She has honed in on her interests. One of her favorite panelists was Erika Righter. This particular session showed her the many ways in which you can establish connections within your local community.
Jimena’s favorite part of being a BHGH scholar is the relationship she has with the program team at her school. She feels close to them, and gets to engage with them in a way that gives her special connection. They know what her dreams are and they make sure to introduce her to opportunities that will allow her to accomplish those goals. She goes on to say, “BHGH is not only about the academic excellence, it’s about going out into the real world and meeting real people that I would not have met if I weren’t in the program.”
She aspires to go to the University of Denver and get her degree in bio-chemistry, with a minor in Spanish. She plans to head to medical school after that and become a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. She is already working on her college applications and scholarships and is very excited about the future.