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#TRIODidThat2021: Graduating High School Senior Gives Advice to the Class of 2021

May 6, 2021

By Justis Lopez

Justis: Hello TRIO Community my name is Justis Lopez, I am here with the amazing, magnificent, Alfredo Segura. Thank you so much for being here today. I want to talk to you about this national college and high school graduation celebration that we want to honor and celebrate all the high school and collegiate TRIO grads. I just wanted to say thank you for coming to this space and I would love for you to tell us little about yourself: your background, your hometown, your school and your TRIO program.

Alfredo: Thank you for having me. Hello everyone, my name is Alfredo Segura, I am an Upward Bound Math Science student right now and I am a student in Elizabeth New Jersey at Elizabeth High School. In the future I would like to go into the field of aerospace engineering. I want to see some progress in that field and maybe progress the technology there.

[Watch the full interview with Alfredo Segura here.]

Justis: That warms my heart to hear Alfredo. I am so excited to see you literally and metaphorically reach new heights! I want to ask you because you shared that you are in Upward Bound, could you share briefly one of your favorite TRIO memories?

Alfredo: My favorite memory would be a trip we took to Six Flags. Being a very homey person, you know I like to be at home around my family, so I got introduced to this environment where everything is going fast, and everything had a tall height. And I remember I was with a bunch of friends and I did not really want to go on these rollercoasters so when I got there, I was very nervous at first because you are going into a situation where you feel like you have no control whatsoever and just going at full speed. When I look back at this it is such a great memory because I was able to go beyond what I was used to. I got to enjoy the ride, and it symbolically meant to me that that if I just let go and go with the flow, I can be more successful in what I do.

Justis: I appreciate your view on that. That is such a great metaphor because life is kind of like a rollercoaster and we must take the leap and take the leap of faith, so thank you for sharing that. When we look at this year it has been a year that took a lot of getting used to and it’s been different for so many different people. But if you could give one piece of advice to this year’s graduating class, what would it be?

Alfredo: My advice would be to discipline yourself, create a routine for yourself that you could carry on into college. One if the things that I learned in high school is that if you do not discipline yourself or are willing to give up some things to do well not only academically, but also in your personal life, everything can fall apart easily. That is something I recommend everyone to do.

Justis: Yes, I appreciate you sharing that. That is important. You bring up some good points with that. And just to close us on out here, what are you looking forward to most for next year?

Alfredo: Yeah so, I am looking forward to going to college and learning more about engineering, maybe I will get to be a part of engineering projects and see what I can bring to the table.

Justis: That is great I look forward to hearing about that this is awesome. Well, you heard it here everyone Alfredo Segura checking in! Make sure you join us on Wednesday, May 12, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET for COE’s virtual National TRIO Graduation Celebration. We celebrate both high school and college TRIO graduates. There are going to be giveaways, a DJ, music, trivia, and a lot of fun so make sure you tune in! We look forward to celebrating with you!

[Register all your graduating students at once for the virtual celebration here].

Peace everyone!


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