Mariah A. Diaz is currently a freshman at San Jose State University. For the first 9 years of her education, her mother and grandmother drove her 7 miles away to another school district because LAUSD didn’t provide high quality options were she lived. She was a stellar student until her first year in high school when she was falling through the cracks. Her mother pulled her out of that school and found a high quality private high school. In her 2nd high school, she thrived. She was involved with several clubs and was a student athlete team member in Volleyball, Softball and Swim team. She has joined the blog community to provide a student’s perspective for parents and motivate students to strive for their dreams and never give up.