Get to know Kaylenn., one of Access Opportunity's Student Ambassadors for the 2022-23 school year.
Kaylenn is entering her first year at Colorado School of Mines studying biochemistry. She's nearly halfway through her time in Access Opportunity as a member of the Class of 2026. Throughout the year, we will get to know her better through her stories, experiences, and advice for her fellow AO students.
In Her Own Words
My name is Kaylenn Sanchez-Flores, I am a rising freshman at Colorado School of Mines, and I love studying math!
AO: This past year we have all been able to come together much more in-person and start to experience school and life in this new phase of the pandemic. We have all been working hard and that is cause for celebration! Is there a highlight or accomplishment from the past year that made you feel proud?
Kaylenn: When I was a freshman in high school, I made a goal that I thought was out of my reach, but now I can proudly say that I was the valedictorian of my graduating class! Over the years of the pandemic, it became difficult to celebrate anything I accomplished because I was constantly making everything seem smaller than it was; however, I later learned to appreciate the little moments because I worked hard for them and no one, not even myself, should belittle these accomplishments.
AO: What is the first time you thought about going to college? What was the most influential factor in your decision to attend college?
Kaylenn: I remember the first time I thought about going to college was in elementary school when I saw my immigrant parents waking up at 4 am to go to work and coming back at almost 8 pm. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to take them out of that schedule, so the best way I knew how was to go to college and get a stable job. As time went on, I fell in love with learning so I 100% knew college was the right path for me, and when I found out I got accepted into my dream college I felt like the world was finally making sense. For the first time in a long time I felt like all my hard work had finally paid off, and I felt happy that my parent's dream to give my siblings and I a better life in the US also came true.
Stay tuned for more of Kaylenn's stories throughout the year!