Adrian Javier Rivera
PSJA North Early College High School, Class of 2016
Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from South Texas College
Plans to Attend: Yale University
National Honor Society / Drum Major / Mock Trial / Master Minds / Yale Young Scholars Program
What are your goals and aspirations?
I plan on eventually pursuing a lifetime of Public Service through the State Department or the Central Intelligence Agency. It would be a dream of mine to one day serve in the United States Senate or be a Supreme Court Justice. I hope to attend Yale, or another Ivy League University in the fall of 2016, where I will major in History. I would like to eventually go to law school and someday practice International Law.
National Honor Society President, AP Scholar, Yale Young Global Scholar, Selected Outstanding Yale Young Scholar, Raider Homecoming 1st Prince, September Rotary Student of the Month, McCombs School of Business Future Executive, AP Scholar with Distinction
How was your Early College experience?
PSJA Early College has given me the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of academic courses at more advanced levels than I would have had elsewhere. It has allowed me to pursue what I hold most dear to my heart, and has given me a taste of what college will be like.
What would you say to your PSJA Family?
I'd like to thank each and every member of my actual family for placing importance on education, and I'd like to thank my PSJA family for educating me. Special thanks to Ms. K. Leatherman, Ms. J. Monzon, Ms. M. Santiago, Ms. B. Mahan, Ms. A. Alejandro, Mr. B. Honl, Mr. G. Zepeda, Ms. B. Cruz, Ms. G. Vela and the entire PSJA North Special Education Department Staff, and Mrs. A. Bernard for pushing me to be the best person I can be, for being there when I needed any kind of help, and for believing in my dreams.
What would be your message for underclassmen?
Set incremental goals for each year with a larger plan in mind. Challenge the system by taking more classes, passing more tests, and doing better than most people will tell you you are capable of. And most of all, work to not help only yourself, but those around you. Work to advance an idea, for as John F. Kennedy once said, "A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on."