In our Senior Spotlight Series, we follow YES Prep seniors as they set goals for their futures, apply to colleges, and make one of the biggest decisions of their lives. In each installment, you’ll meet seniors from one of our ten campuses with graduating classes. Below, you’ll meet seniors from our Gulfton campus.
Rosse Esquivel is the student body president and a Gulfton Force Feminist. Her goal is to find a college that is the best financial fit for her family and doesn’t require her to take out too much in loans. Her top choice is the University of Houston’s Honors College because it will provide a small college experience within a large university. She also wants to attend Texas A&M. She’s leaning toward studying international business, but she wants to explore, travel, and learn while she’s figuring out what field to pursue.
“I’d like to be involved in student government in college. This year, in economics, I’ve learned a lot about how economics plays a big role in politics, and it has made me want to learn more about government.”
Gonzalo Loredo plays varsity volleyball, soccer, and basketball. He was recently offered a scholarship to play soccer for Oklahoma Wesleyan University. His second choice is Texas State because it is closer to home. Currently, he’s interested in studying architecture or sports management. He loves sports and hopes to do as many as he can in college.
“My goal for senior year is to be as active as possible because that’s what motivates me to do my best. I want to continue to work my hardest.”
Dayanara Mendez is a member of the feminism club and the Latinx club. Over the summer, she studied Arabic in Jordan through NSLI-Y. In college, she’d like to continue to study Arabic and to major in political science, international relations, and/or Middle Eastern Studies. Her top choice for college is the University of Pittsburgh because Pennsylvania is a great state to be involved in politics. Outside of school, she’d like to continue to be a part of a Latinx Club so that she can remain connected to her heritage.
“I’d like to study international affairs or Middle Eastern studies because I like learning about the history. There are a lot of misconceptions about the Middle East, and I want to be able to respond to those misconceptions.”