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Cesia Flores

South Texas Business, Education, and Technology Academy (BETA)
Student, Harvard University

What did you gain in TSA?

TSA offered a support system and boosted my confidence and self-esteem at a time when I needed it. I was really shy before I joined TSA. But then I ran for office and as I served as chapter treasurer, Texas TSA treasurer, and national TSA treasurer, I learned how to speak in front of a large audience.  

TSA gave me the opportunity to face my fears head on. Courage is knowing that you can overcome fear. I would not be the person I am today without my TSA experiences, the amazing friends I met through this organization, all of the officer teams I worked with, and the ways in which my chapter, state, and national advisors pushed me to become a better person. 

What advice do you have for current TSA student members?

Visualizing your dreams can help make them come true. Do not be overwhelmed by the idea of all the work and do not lose motivation if you do not get results right away.

If you aspire to attend an Ivy League university, you may think, “It is too hard to get in, I am not even going to try." But you never know.

A personal essay can be an opportunity to write about your life, your circumstances. I shared my TSA roles in one of my essays. Whether you are an officer, or you led a team for a competition, or worked on something for a conference or a community service program—write about leadership, competitive skills, work ethic, putting in the time and effort to do something outside of the classroom, or something in TSA that changed your life. These are all something that colleges value.

Know that even if you were a star in high school, you may need to ask for help in college. Do not be afraid to ask for help.