My name is Luz Maria Delgado and I come from a small town, Granger, Washington which is located 25 minutes east from the Yakima Valley. I went to Granger High School, GO SPARTANS!! During high school, I remember meeting up with one of the former ETS counselors, Esteban Maldonado. He would come and talk to me about what future plans I had and where I planned on going to college and making sure I was meeting the deadlines for FAFSA and college applications. I remember a few students and I had the opportunity to head to the University of Washington and check out the campus. When I got here, I also got to meet other counselors that were going to be helpful in my future plans. I honestly didn’t think I had a chance at the University of Washington because I didn’t have the best GPA and was worried that I didn’t have the skills for such a big university. I applied to Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, Yakima Valley Community College, and the University of Washington. I received a confirmation from all of them except the University of Washington. I was so worried and was already planning to head to Eastern or WSU. Fortunately, I received my UW letter and got accepted. I was very excited and had the opportunity to do the Summer Transition Program that gave me an early start to meet new people. I am currently a Junior at the University of Washington and am pursuing a career in Spanish and American Ethnic Studies.
My name is Perla Flores; I am from a town called Marysville just north of Seattle. I attended Marysville Pilchuck High school from the years 2007 – 2011. As a freshman in high school I began to think more about the future and what I wanted to do. However, I was a bit worried because I was not sure how I was going to get there, or if I could even make it. During my junior year of high school I was introduced to Rob Leatherman, one of the Education Talent Search counselors, by my sister who had also been an ETS student. Through the Help of ETS I began to explore future career options, and prepare on applying to college. They helped me throughout my junior and senior year of high school and motivated me to apply to UW despite my doubts about being good enough for this school. Through the help of ETS I completed high school and moved onto attending my dream School, the University of Washington. I am now currently finishing up with my second year at UW and I am excited for the next two years in which I plan to major in Law society and justice. With this degree I hope to either get a job in criminal justice or continue on to Law school. My overall goal is to help protect the rights of citizens and represent the minorities who often face discrimination. ETS has definitely made an impact on my life because they provided support and guidance and thanks to their help I am completing and expanding on my education and future.