Chapter One: Who were you?
I am a girl who was born a premature Latina, who was my mother's little princesa. My mom thought that being premature would affect my growth, but as she saw me grow, she forgot that thought and moved on from it. Being premature doesn’t affect me in any way, but it surprises me when I really think about it. My father says that he was the first to name me Jazmine, but my mother decided to spell my name with a z. “A beautiful young lady!” my mother called me. I was born to go to school, to live up to my mother's expectations, and to be a role model for my family. I had the pressure thrown onto me without realizing how high the bar was. I knew I needed to be more to my family, and, more specifically, to my sister, Jojo who is 4 years younger than me. I love my family, but I would protect my sister above everything. “She is like a different flower from the same garden!” is what one of my old friends told me. My sister is someone who you have to know, treat her with respect, show loyalty towards, and she'll do the same back. Jojo is the reason why I decided to attend FSA because I want to be able to provide a better future for her. I want everyone to see how shy yet funny she can be. I am one of the first Father Sauer Academy students.
Chapter Two: How have you grown as a scholar?
When I found out that I was accepted to Father Sauer Academy, I jumped with so much excitement, feeling pride and hope. That moment was when I knew I could be more inspiring for my family. As I was going to FSA, I realized that I could dig myself deeper into life than gossip and homework everyday. I’ve learned more and more throughout my three years at FSA. I’ve learned to show kindness towards others, to study better for tests, and even to make friends that have shown me their own point of view of how they see the world. On the other hand, I used to be terrible in Math, but now I have an A+ in Math and I'm pushing myself more daily. I also notice the growth that I see in myself as a writer in ELA class when I put in a task to write about Black rights, a novel, or even real life history. I have learned to make my writing better and to be more persistent when it comes to writing paragraphs.
Chapter Three: How have you grown as a person?
I’ve been told that I am a person who is easy to talk to, who always has a smile on her face, and who is nice. However, I don’t think that because I see myself as someone who is hard working and is willing to take on any challenge. Yes, sometimes I don’t want to do the work, but I push myself anyway. I am always committed when it comes to classwork or homework. In a book I read called Starfish, it says,“We all have to dream our own dreams. We only get one life to live—live it for yourself, not anyone else.” This quote is what I live for. I read it every once in a while to remind me that there is more to life than I know. I want to become a doctor and save the lives of those who need my help. I have grown a lot since I’ve started FSA. I feel more prepared for my future. I am certain that I will work hard and put in ten times the effort that I’ve ever done before. If I didn’t go to FSA I don’t know where I would be right now. I have grown by becoming a part of the FSA community.
Chapter Four: What are your talents/passions?
My mom’s mom, or you can say abuela, is also very important to me. I love her so much because I really see her as my own mother. I love the way she gives me a hug when I haven’t seen her in a little while and I especially like the pep talks she gives me about respect and kindness. Even if she threatens that she’ll hit me with the chancla (sandal) if I call her abuela, I still love the fact that I can always make her laugh. I tell her about FSA and she always tells me that it’s a huge blessing and that she is very proud of me. Moving on, I’ve felt that I have taken the role of leadership in my family by going to SI. I am the 4th member in my family to go to SI. Though it’s a lot of pressure, it’s still an honor to be a part of something that’s bigger than me. When I go to SI, I hope that I can spread as much of my kindness that everyone tells me I have so that I can brighten their day, but also put in all of my effort in my work so that I can be responsible and make my family proud.
Chapter Five: What does it all mean for your family?
To my dad, it means that I am the “#1.” He tells me to not focus on anything but work so that I can have a better future. For my Uncle Jesus, he says he is proud of my success.He is happy that I’ve come this far and have grown so much, yet he still sees me as his little princess.
For my mom, she just wants me to finish all the way up to college. She wants for me to have a better life than what she had growing up. I love how my family believes in me and has supported me throughout my years in FSA. Although there are high expectations for me, I know that my family wishes the best for me and will continue to support me.
Chapter Six: Who do you want to be?
All in all, there is always room for progress and new goals that I will have. I will one day achieve my goals and become successful, but what I need to work on now is in school and how I prioritize my time when it comes to studying for tests. I can’t wait to join new clubs at SI and to hopefully join the volleyball team. I would also like to thank FSA for giving me an opportunity that I’ve never had: a better future for myself and for those after me so that they can see the hardship and the persistence of Jazmine Hernandez.