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Leticia-RojasLeticia is a graduate of Lewisville HS, and her favorite teacher was Ms. Karen Cooke. She received $500 from the Jacqueline, Jason, & Jordan Ulichnie Honorary Scholarship.

Q&A with Leticia

LEF: Who was your favorite LISD Teacher?
Leticia: Karen Cooke from Lewisville High School.

LEF: How were you able to use the money received from your LEF scholarship?
Leticia: I used the money from my scholarship to pay for my spring semester textbooks.

LEF: What advice do you have for high school graduates regarding the scholarship process?
Leticia: I would tell them that writing a little essay now can save them a lot of pain later (i.e. having to look for a job, struggling on the ramen diet, etc.). No matter what, it IS worth it to apply for as many scholarships as you can. Even if it is tempting to just go for the big money scholarships, don’t ignore the smaller scholarships. Every little bit helps! Definitely show the committe (if applicable) you want the scholarship and will not waste the generous opportunity they are giving you.

LEF: Do you think the time it takes to apply for scholarships is worth the effort? Why or why not?
Leticia: Yes, because when you enter college, especially your freshman year, you have plenty of things to worry about with classes, moving to a new location and being on your own for the first time. In that scary but exciting year, it is important not to have to worry so much about having a job right away. These are definitely helpful, but when you first get to college, you want to give yourself time to adjust. In the end, it is a small piece of your time now compared to the trouble it will save you later.

LEF: What do you wish someone had told you before you started your freshman year?
Leticia: The best advice I’ve received as an incoming freshman is to be open to new experiences. I’ve met so many new people this year, and as a result, I now have a diverse, close-knit group of friends who I know will be my friends for life. I’ve gone out and tried new foods, explored new places, and I’ve had a lot of fun. It is worth it to be a little adventurous because you never know what you’ll end up loving.