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Shanice Dixon

Need Level

3.8/5

Amount Needed

$4,000

Merit Level

3.0/5

Class Standing

Senior

College GPA

3.2

Major

Political Science with minor in Public Policy

UC Berkeley

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Personal Statement

I spent my entire life in Selma, California a small town in the Central Valley. Growing up in a town of fewer than 20,000 residents with one high school meant that everyone was very close-knit. It would often be the case that my friends’ parents would be my teachers, coaches, and bosses throughout my life. As a young teen, I remember constantly comparing myself to my peers wondering why my family seemed to have fewer resources. I was raised by a single mother until the age of 8 when she met my stepfather and they fell in love. As two non-English speaking immigrants from Mexico, they were forced to take low wage jobs as farmworkers. They would work in freezing conditions in the winter and in the scorching heat in the summer in order to put a roof over our heads and feed 3 children. It took me a long time for me to develop an understanding for my parents and their situation rather than shame for being low-income. My mother came to the United States at 18 with my sister who was 4 years old at the time. Having no formal education beyond secondary school my mother worked any job she could find. She went on to have two more children with my biological father who left when I was 2 years old. Having three children and very little money, my mother's worked excruciatingly long hours in order to make sure her children were well cared for and never went without. Although I am grateful for everything she has done for me, I am aware that her struggles and sacrifices are not my own. I, unlike my mother, have the tremendous privilege of choosing a career path that I want and the autonomy of doing things in life for myself that my mother was never granted. Attending a renowned university like UC Berkeley has taught me a lot about how we each define freedom and privilege. Although I spent a lot of my adolescent years feeling inadequate because of what I had or what I knew, I am finally at a place where I can appreciate how fruitful my life is because if those who came before me. Despite not appearing as privileged as the other kids I grew up with I am rich because I have parents to will move mountains for me. Although I didn’t have everything, I had enough growing up to give me a fulfilling life. Coming to this country my mother only had survival and the wellbeing of her children in mind. There will never be enough words to describe the immense gratitude I feel for what my family did so that I can have the opportunities I do, but I think I would be doing a disservice to myself and others if I did not use the resources I was granted to pay it forward and help those in need the same way I was.

Student Info

Ethnicity:

Citizenship:

Gender:

Veterans:

LGBTQ+ :

Hispanic or Latino

Marital Status:

U.S. Citizen

First Generation:

Female

Personal Dependents:

No

Family Dependents:

Single

Yes

0

3

No

High School GPA:

Graduation Year:

Major GPA:

4.2

SAT/ACT Score:

2021

Open to Mentorship:

3.5

High School Name:

1250

Yes

Selma High School