In June 2007, HISPA teamed with AT&T’s HACEMOS organization and hosted 40 students during their first 2007 HACEMOS Youth Conference, the theme of which was “Life After High School.” HISPA sponsored and led the coordination of this event which included exhibits from ten local Universities/Colleges and three organizations, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), Hispanic College Fund (HCF) and NACME. HISPA is currently coordinating AT&T’s HACEMOS Youth Conference in San Antonio to be held this summer.
“What part of the conference impacted you the most and why?”
My life after high school is very important to me and the Youth Conference really helped me to understand what I need to do. The part of the conference that impacted me the most was when I heard Miguel Del Valle speaking. He was telling us to find our passion, what we enjoy doing the most and let our passion determine what we should do in our life after high school.
Other speakers were talking about financing college, making the decision to go to college, and how to decide what to major in. After hearing Miguel Del Valle, the only thing that I could focus on was: what is my passion? Recently, I have been having a hard time deciding what I am going to major in. Up to now, I have been asking myself what I would be good at instead of what I would enjoy doing. I had not really thought about what I liked doing because I found it easier to focus on what I am good at. For example, one of the subjects in school that I do not like at all is science.
Even though I cannot stand it and do not enjoy learning it, I still got an A in both semesters and I was good at it. If my job had anything to do with science in the future, I would probably do well but not as well as if I actually enjoyed it. Thanks to the speakers, when I find something that I think I would enjoy doing, I know I will have to make sure that I will wake up every morning wanting to go to work.
It seemed like everyone already knew that they had to find their passion in life in order to decide their future; I didn’t. I guess somewhere inside of me I did know, but I just didn’t ask myself that question. Every time I was asked what I thought I would want to do in the future, I would get really nervous because I did not know what to answer. I still do not know what to say but now I know what I need to focus on.
As a result, I am so thankful for going to the Hacemos Youth Conference because I now know that I just have to look around and try different things in order to find what I love to do. I am also very thankful that my parents support me in all my decisions because that really plays a big role in my future. Miguel del Valle was an inspiration to me and I hope one day I can tell him and thank him.”