Big Town, Bigger Borders

Brittany Mendez


This essay demonstrates how the perceptions of others can have a great impact on a young person’s life. The author writes about overcoming the negative perceptions of her border community and her important journey through a STEM summer program. Her essay highlights the transformative impact summer programs can play in changing the trajectory of a young person’s life by teaching valuable skills and providing opportunities to overcome personal and community obstacles.


STEM immersion program; leadership; natural environment

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