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An Activist Spirit and the Motivation to Make Things Happen

Posted on May 19, 2017 // KIPP Aspire Academy, KIPP Camino Academy, KIPP Esperanza, KIPP Poder, KIPP Un Mundo, KIPP University Prep,

By Arlenne Serna | For The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools | May 18, 2017
My name is Arlenne Serna, I am a senior at KIPP University Prep in San Antonio, Texas. This May, I will graduate from high school and begin my college career to pursue activism while focusing on international studies, education, and sociology.

I know you might be asking yourself: How is she so sure of her future? And honestly, there was a time when I wasn’t. After my father’s deportation, I was raised in a single parent home. Over the summer, I usually lived with him and there was one year when I attended school in Mexico. Along with every other student there, I was just a number. Teachers didn’t notice if students missed class, and half the time my teachers didn’t show up either.

Unfortunately, my dad passed away due to diabetes, so I moved back to San Antonio to live with my mother. I came back with no motivation and no character. I wasn’t who I am today. I was fortunate enough to have my uncle expose me to KIPP San Antonio Public Schools and my journey at KIPP began during the middle of 7th grade.

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