My name is Jair Flores and I recently obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. I am currently in the process of applying to Dental School in efforts to become a dentist. I am a proud alumni of a university located in my hometown known as Colorado State University Pueblo. During my time at CSUP I have always made it a personal goal of mine to help others in any way possible. I have served as CSUP’s Associated Student Government Vice President where together as a team, we created programs such as Pack Pals to mentor elementary students within the community of Pueblo. Our team has also put together different care packages to be distributed throughout the semesters to CSUP students with the intention to help students stay positive in these unprecedented times. I have also been lucky enough to be part of CSUP’s men’s wrestling team that instilled lessons that I can and have applied to my life such as dedication, time management, how to be team oriented, and more.
Although I was able to obtain two bachelor’s degrees and be a member of many life changing programs at CSUP, the journey has not always been easy. There have been many challenges throughout my life that have molded me into the individual I am today. The adversity I have faced in life has always pushed me to be the best version of myself. The main obstacle I have faced as a child and into my adult life has been being raised in a completely different culture from my own. My parents were immigrants from Mexico seeking a better life for their children. At the age of 25, they came to America with absolutely nothing except a dream. Our household was far different than everyone else’s around me. In our home we mainly spoke Spanish, I had to learn a completely new language and would often struggle switching from Spanish to English. To this day we also celebrate many Mexican traditions such as Day of the Dead and Three Kings Day. Unfortunately growing up I wasn’t able to relate with others about these traditions. Thankfully for me I grew up with two other brothers whom I could to talk to about these experiences. The culture shock began to wear off as I grew older. This allowed me to be aware of other backgrounds and appreciate the uniqueness between different cultures.
Another struggle was the fact I was a first generation college student. As a child my parents would always push education, so it was no surprise to them I wanted to go to college. Although my parents always encouraged me to get a higher education, they never knew the necessary steps I would need to get there. I did not understand the importance of the ACT score, nor did I have the financials to purchase study guides or practice exams. Filling out FAFSA was also difficult for me. Little did I know this was only the beginning. The transition from high school to college was extremely challenging. I felt as if I did not belong at times being a first gen to college student. Luckily, there were programs that made me feel comfortable and that I was in the right place. It was thanks to those programs that I had the opportunity to attend the GlobalMindED conference in 2019.
When I attended the conference, it opened my eyes to the endless possibilities one has despite where you may come from. I was inspired seeing everything these individuals have accomplished and I continue to utilize everything I learned from the conference. I was thrilled when given the opportunity to become an Ambassador. The program has allowed me to make connections with other students like myself and learn pivotal life skills.
As I mentioned, I have gone through personal challenges that have shaped me into the individual I am. Throughout my journey I have continued to grow and learn as much as possible. I am a hardworking and dedicated person that will continue to work until I complete all goals and tasks I have set. I am also innovative in the sense that if I see something that isn’t working, I will find ways to alter or improve the system. Lastly, I am always willing to learn and receive feedback to better myself. It is these skills I possess that I believe I will be able to excel in any situation I am facing. I am proud of the person I have become, and excited to accomplish the goals I have set for myself in the near future.