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 North Central campus.
Josh Molina plays volleyball, baseball, football, and basketball. He is also a student ambassador and on class council. His goal for the year is to figure out what type of college will be the best fit for him. Josh wants to attend Austin College as an IMPACT scholar because the school shares a lot of YES Prep’s characteristics and is not too far from his family. He also likes Boston University as an out-of-state option. Long term, Josh thinks that he would enjoy working in finance because he enjoys talking to people and helping them make their lives better.
“In college, I want to be in a program like YES Prep’s student ambassadors. I like to show off our school in tours, and I like when I make visitors laugh.”
Shelly Nieto plays soccer, is a student ambassador, and a member of Advocates & Allies and Morning Crew. Over the summer before her junior year, she attended Summer Art and Design Institute at Moore College and realized she’d like to attend an all women’s college. Her top choice is Scripps College where she wants to major in the visual or performing arts. She’d also like to study abroad and learn a new language. Eventually, she’d like to sell clothing or accessories that she designs online.
“My goal for the year is to be more involved, to advocate for myself, and to be more confident. In the past, if I started on an application and it was too hard, I’d give up and say it was not meant to be. Now I persist through anything that might be challenging.”
Reyna Torres is a student ambassador and member of the improv club. Her goal for the year is to have a positive mindset about the college application process and to grow more confident performing in front of people. She wants to attend the University of Houston because it’s a large school with plenty of majors to choose from in the middle of the city. Her second choice is University of St. Thomas, a smaller school that is also in the heart of Houston. Reyna wants to join a sorority in college so that she can meet new people.
“I don’t know what I want to major in yet, but I think I’d like to work in child protective services so that I can protect children from abuse. It’s the perfect blend of working in the field, in court, and in an office that I’m looking for in a career.”