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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Be Fully Present" Says Teresa Rivero 85Ox 87B 93PH

Last week, potential Emory students from surrounding middle and high schools were invited to attend a day-long workshop during the 12th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference on campus. About 500 teachers, students, and parents gather in the Woodruff P.E. Center for the opening remarks by several panel members before heading off to a series of workshops to learn about how to attain a higher education.

Among the panel members that spoke, Emory Alumni Board member Teresa Rivero 85Ox 87B 93PH addressed the crowd about the path that led her to Emory and how important it is to fight for a higher education. Rivero is originally from Miami, FL and currently works as the Senior Program Officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Rivero encouraged young scholars to see beyond their current scholastic situations. "It's just not about making it through. It's so important to finish high school and think about taking the next step. It's about taking the opportunities like you are today to participate and to meet people and to build on those experiences so you see a range of things for you. I took those opportunities, and I encourage you to be fully present."

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