Isabella, or Izzy, has been part of the HPAC squad since 6th grade, when she was part of the Shakespeare Ensemble’s performance of As You Like It. The entire HPAC team congratulates her on her persistent sunniness and determination, which led her to receive a New York HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program) Scholarship to attend the College of Mount St. Vincent. Before her days turned to studying, she shared more about herself and her drive for college.
What would you tell a 6th grader in Hunts Point about the importance of education? Education is important and you have to start preparing when you’re young. Doing your homework every day, asking questions, and asking for help will eventually become a habit so you’ll be basically preparing yourself for high school and college.
What high school class most inspired you? I would say the class that inspired me the most was global history. I didn’t realize that global would be so hard and packed with a lot of information. So when I failed the regents for global, it was a wake up call and I had to pass it before the end of the year (which I did).
What are you most proud of? I am most proud of the way I was on honor roll my whole junior year. Personally, the year prior to that I was struggling in all classes and was on the verge of giving up, but to accomplish honor roll junior year made me proud of myself.
Who is your role model? My role model is my mother. Her soul and strength is so powerful -she doesn’t let anything get in her way of making sure her kids are well taken care of. She has a really big heart and so much to offer the world
What is your favorite thing about being an HPAC Scholar? My favorite thing about being an HPAC scholar is the support I receive. HPAC will never let a child fall through the cracks. They’re always there when you need them, whether it’s academic-wise or emotional-wise or if you just want to talk to someone, they are there for you.
Tell me something that is unique about you. Something unique about me is that I can juggle!
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? If I was invisible for a day I would travel to London to see Britian’s Got Talent and meet Simon.