Mariah A. Diaz is an undergrad student at the University of California, Merced. Mariah attended Downey Unified Schools for the first 9 years of her education. College did not become a topic of interest or a priority to her until she attended and graduated from Ramona Convent Secondary High School. She was involved with several clubs and was a student athlete team member on the Volleyball, Softball and Swim teams. At UC Merced, she holds a chair on the board of Hermanos Unidos, a non-profit organization that focuses on increasing the Latino graduation rate. She has joined the blog community to provide a student’s perspective for parents and to motivate students to strive for their dreams and to never give up.