Written by Jennifer Covarrubias, April 14, 2017
The Dream Big Project team headed to sunny San Diego on April 8th to attend a High School Conference hosted by the Hispanic Business Student Association.
Founder, Miguel Rivera was invited to be the Keynote speaker of this event.
The Hispanic Business Student Association is a student led organization at San Diego State University. Every year, they invite High School students, parents, and teachers from San Diego County to a Saturday conference in which they are able to attend workshops, get a campus tour, learn from alumni panels, and hear from a motivational keynote speaker.
Miguel shared his story and educational background as well as the barriers he faced and overcame while on his road to graduating from a four year university.
“My knowledge is the one thing they can never take away.”
Miguel motivated the group of high school students to look past the barriers others may have set upon them. Reminding them that no dream is ever too big to achieve; that the road to success is never meant to be easy. Rather, the desire to succeed should greater than any obstacle.
He shared on the importance of education in and out of the classroom explaining that knowledge is the one thing that no one can ever take away from a person, “They can confine my body, judge me on the way I look, doubt my power, but my knowledge is the one thing they can never take away.” -Miguel
Seeing the group of parents, teachers, and students attentive to his message, some evidently touched by Miguel’s words, was a reminder of why Dream Big Project continues to aspire to reach as many youth as possible.
The need for inspiration within our youth in the classroom and in our communities is now greater than ever. Everyday we are bombarded with social judgements that tell us the reasons why we can’t achieve our dreams, Dream Big Project seeks to inspire youth to discover the reasons why they CAN and SHOULD chase after all they desire…
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
– John Dewey