Woodside Writes Silver Medal Winner – Leslie Campos
May 25, 2012
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The world I come from-well, let’s just say it’s a heck of
a ride. Luckily, I grew up with all three: a chaotic family, a
wonderful community, and the repetitiveness of school. To be honest,
things would be incredibly different in my life if things didn’t
happen how they did happen. So, here’s my story.
My family is unique, sort of. By “sort of, I mean that
they are ridiculously crazy. My parents were born and raised in
Mexico. They met, dated, married, and lastly, decided to move to the
United States. Their intentions were and continue to be-they want
their kids to have millions of opportunities in the Land of the Free.
After, my parents ended up with three “precious girls”, that’s what
they usually tell my sisters and I and just about everyone else. My
older sister and I are three years apart, and my younger sister and I
are seven years apart. Big gap, I know. Growing up, I had a normal
childhood. However, when I transitioned into my middle school years
and all the way up until now, my high school years, things began to
change. My parents fought a whole lot more, they were going in debt,
and stress took over their lives. Somehow, we manage to work things
out. The one thing I appreciate sincerely is the dedication my parents
have towards my sisters and I. They might be dying just working their
butts off and still, they only allow us to focus on school and to not
give up. They have given us love and support.
The community I’ve grown up in has always been incredible.
Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m lucky to have been brought up with
this community. Ever since I was little, I’ve gone to city events and
also performed in community events. I have been raised to help out. If
I’m not helping out with my own family, then I’m helping out friends
or at events that have to do with having an important cause to them.
Sophomore year I started doing TAB and what that stands for is Teen
Advisory Board. This involves helping out in the community and being
on a board that hears our voices and that is also very student driven.
I love this and something I’m very passionate about. I wouldn’t give
it up for anything.
School has its ups and downs. But then again, it’s school!
School, well, its stressful, at least the high school years. However,
since freshman year I’ve grown and matured an incredible amount that
it is kind of interesting. Involved. I love that word. I love to be
involved, and I love to have my voice hers. Sophomore year was the
start of busy years to come. I got into Leadership and TAB. This year,
I do those two and Lacrosse, along with the Flag Team. I don’t think
that I would switch what I do with anyone, because no matter how hard
or how stressful my situation can be-I get back up and learn from my
This world that I live in and have also created for myself
has shaped the way I see things in life. My dreams are to go to
college and after college, I want to help out and make an impact on
peoples lives. Even if I can make a change in someone’s life, it would
make me ecstatic. I want to make other’s dreams come true and I want
to let their voices be heard. Because if we didn’t let at least that
one individual have their voice be heard, where would we stand?
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