My name is Rénesia Mills and I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colo. Most of my life, I watched my single mother work two jobs to ensure that I had everything I needed.
Graduation is a time of nostalgia. You look back on your years in high school, thinking of the friends and classes that got you to this point.
"Your comfort zone will kill you." Not only did this quote push me to implement changes into my everyday life, it also laid in the depths of my memory, resurfacing to be the ego of my personality.
Today, I look back at how far my daughter Cara-Star Tyner has come. She graduated from elementary school this month and wow, she sure has done an amazing job. Starting in second grade, after transferring from a district school in Brooklyn, N.Y., we had no idea what to expect.
When I was eight, not knowing a single word of English, I immigrated to the United States from South Korea. In elementary school, I was always by myself because I couldn’t speak the language.
This is a speech by Brenda Sifuentes, 2018 IDEA Alamo Graduate. Brenda will be attending the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the fall.