Bloomington salutatorian gains confidence to succeed
PARENTS: Emilio and Leonor Esquivel
PLANS: Attend Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and become a certified registered nurse of anesthesiology
It's hard to imagine a time when Ana Esquivel, a high-energy, bubbly cheerleader at Bloomington High School, wasn't so confident in herself.
But she talked openly about being quiet, shy and even afraid to smile before recently getting her braces off. Now, she's graduating as the salutatorian of her high school, and she has a plethora of friends and memories she's taking with her to college.
"Now that I'm more outgoing, I just don't shut up," she joked, exposing her pearly whites.
It's that outgoing personality that led the dainty 18-year-old to try her hand at power lifting - and student council, track, NHS, FCCLA and UIL academics, to name a few activities.
"I just like being involved in everything," she said.
Ana also wants to help people who, like she almost did, may hold themselves back from reaching their full potential in school.
"A lot of kids are shy to smile and it makes me want to help them," she said. "My main thing is helping people, even if I don't get anything in return."
That desire to give has guided Ana toward the medical field, where she hopes to be a certified registered nurse of anesthesiology.
"I could be in a hospital forever and just be amazed by everything," she said.
Ana said her older sister, Mayra, was instrumental in instilling the confidence to succeed in her little sister. Ana plans to follow her sister's footsteps by attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi then get her masters degree.
"I would always be like, 'I'm not smart, I'm not good.' And (my sister is) like, 'You never know until you try,'" Ana recalled.
Looking back on how far she's come in the last four years, Ana said she feels more grown up and that the social experiences of high school prepared her for the future.
"I think that will help when I go to college," she said. "I won't feel lonely, and I won't know anybody. I can make friends really quickly."