East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy

A dream in East L.A.

Ana Zacapala is a student who attends Esteban E. Torres High school.

Zacapala was born in Mexico and comes from a family of immigrants. At a young age, her family decided to move to the U.S. when she was only 1 year old. Ever since then she’s lived in the U.S.

She is bilingual since her parents speak mostly Spanish and she speaks English in school. Her parents separated when she was only 6 years old. Her life at 17 hasn’t been always great, but she tries her best every single day.

Since she was young, she loves to do arts and crafts. She likes dancing and singing, and makes her parents watch her performances. But throughout the years things have changed. Now she prefers to hang out with her friends, go to the beach, go to the arcade, and do other interesting things.

One of the biggest goals she has is to attend a four-year college and become a pediatrician or an elementary school teacher. She has always loved being around kids and wants to help kids. She babysitted before for her tia’s kids, her siblings, and sometimes her Mom’s friend’s children.

Her experience with kids has made her more prepare for the job of her dreams. In the future, she hopes to achieve her goal and make her family proud but most importantly make herself proud.

Lastly she wants to get a degree in Cosmetology. Doing hair and makeup is another thing she enjoys doing. Sometimes she gets paid to do makeup and hair for other people such as family members and family member’s friends.

She wants to do this as a part-time job, while she attends college since it only takes about a year. She can get a job in a hair salon and pay for her bills while attending college.

Zacapala hopes to achieve all her goals and become a better person day by day with the help of the people surrounding her. She can make her dreams happen if she puts her mind to it.

She would also be the first of the family to graduate from high school, and hopes to be the first one to also graduate college, earn a degree and succeed further than her parents have.

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