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: Elizabeth Gonzalez
Madras, OR
High School:
Madras High School
: Oregon State University
Year in school:
Second year, sophomore
Activities Involved in On Campus
: Kalmekak Community Outreach, Latinos Unidos, MEChA, Casa Latina

What/who was the biggest influence on your decision to go to college?
My biggest influence to come to college was my mom, she worked too hard for me to just quit.

What is one of the best things about college?
Best thing about college is the freedom, while at the same time can be a big responsibility.

What was your most memorable GEAR UP moment?
My most memorable moment with GEAR UP was when I was handed the T-shirt with the slogan “College. It’s not a dream, it’s a plan.”

What are your future career plans?
My future career plans are to get my get my undergrad in sociology and I’ll see where life takes me from there.

What advice do you have for students currently in middle and high school GEAR UP programs? 
My advice would be that there is always someone to help you, never be afraid to ask questions, and overall don’t forget to aim high.