My name is Ana Rojas-Gabriel. I am an 18-year-old super senior at Edgecombe Early College High School in Tarboro, NC. I am the oldest of three children. My parents are Jose Rojas and Antonia Gabriel. Growing up, my parents have always encouraged be to dream big. They would always tell me that through hard work and perseverance, anything is possible. This is not only a belief that my parents preach, they live by it each day. I am very grateful for how supportive my family has been throughout these past years. Thanks to them, I have been able to pursue other opportunities outside of school such as community service and student internships. I am a huge believer in giving back to my community. I have been very fortunate to volunteer at various institutions in my town such as our local clinic and hospital. I have met many great people who have also supported me on my journey to achieve higher education.
This May, I will be graduating with both my high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree in Science. In the fall, I will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I plan to major in pre-dental studies. I hope that I will be able to establish a career as a pediatric dentist and provide dental service for children in need. My goal is to serve a role model for my younger siblings, I hope that by pursuing my dreams, I may be able to inspire them to work hard and help them achieve their greatest aspirations.
SCHOOL: Edgecombe Early College High School
NAME: Ana Rojas-Gabriel
PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR: I will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING TASK AS A SENIOR: Finding a balance between academics, extracurriculars, and community service.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR UNDER CLASSMEN: Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, try to get involved with the student body and your community. Surround yourself with people who will uplift you to be your best self.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR: The highlight of my senior year was going to New York with my group of friends for a convention. Each year our school organization, Innovative Minds, joins other middle colleges at an annual convention for the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC). For some, it was there first time flying and it was my first time visiting New York. I met many new friends and somewhat learned how to navigate in the big city.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS: I hope to establish a career as a pediatric dental hygienist. I would also like to continue being an active member in my community and work towards helping others.
WHO IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY: My mother is the most influential person in my life. She is a prime example of an individual who accomplished her goals through hard work. Each day, she inspires me to keep putting forth my best work in order to achieve my goals and aspirations. I grew up hearing her story and how she came to the United States with only her hopes and dreams. Through her hard work, my mother was able to build herself a better future so that my siblings and I could have a better quality of life. Even to this day, I am still amazed by what my mother has achieved. I know that if she can do it so can I.
I AM MOST UNIQUE BECAUSE: What makes me unique is my determination to succeed. Since I began my high school career, I have been an active member of the student body. I have been involved in various extracurricular activities and served as a volunteer in institutions throughout my community. As a student leader, I want to encourage others to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to them. I find that the most rewarding experiences come from working to help and serve others.
WHAT IS THE ONE QUOTE YOU LIVE BY: “Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one’s time, for dreams are our realities in waiting. In dreams we plant the seeds of our future.”
WHAT ARE 5 THINGS YOU VALUE MOST IMPORTANT AT THIS POINT IN YOUR LIFE: Five things that I value most at this point in my life are my family, friends, academics, health, and happiness. Over the past few years, I have learned to better appreciate and truly value my relationships with those who have helped me achieve my goals.
IF YOU COULD MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY: I am a big travel enthusiast who enjoys visiting new areas and learning about different places across the world. I would love to be able to travel the world and learn more about various cultures and traditions celebrated by people. If I could choose to move anywhere in the world, I would move to Sweden. There are snowy mountains and beautiful landscapes that are unique to that country.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOUR CLASSMATES STILL DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU AFTER ALL THIS TIME: I don’t think there is anything that my classmates don’t know about me. Some may not know that I once rode a bull when I was 3 years old.
WHICH YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL WAS YOUR FAVORITE: My favorite year thus far has been my senior year. This year I have grown a lot closer with friends and people in my class. Through the many challenges we’ve faced this year, I would say that my class has developed a close bond. We have all been very supportive and wish each other the best on our future endeavors. I have made unforgettable memories this year that I will treasure for as long as I can.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: If I was stranded on a deserted island, I would like to bring sister, Andrea. We are both very adventurous and would try to focus on the positive side of being on the island. With my sister by my side, I am sure that we will have fun. For starters, we would try to explore and turn the island into our own personal paradise.