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Jessica Alvarado

Linda Rae Alvarado

            Many people have that special someone who inspires them to achieve great things in their lives. My mother, Linda Rae Alvarado, is the person whom inspires me to graduate from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. I will discuss my mother’s life growing up, how our lives intercepted, and why she is my greatest inspiration.

            Linda, the youngest of five children, was born on March 22, 1966 in Grangeville, Idaho. Her parents, Richard E. Grimm and Carol H. Faber, raised her and her siblings in South Dakota where she lived in a two-story house in which she and her siblings’ bedrooms were upstairs and the master bedroom was downstairs. Linda had to share a bedroom with her sister, Hope, while her brothers, Tom and Chuck, shared another and the oldest, Marty, had a whole room to herself. Linda’s parents were able to afford the upkeep of the house being that Richard worked for Boeing

Airlines as a Fiberglass layer while Carol worked as a Teacher’s Aide at an elementary school.

            Despite all the hours they spent working, quality time with the family never failed to exist. Growing up, my mom’s family would be served breakfast at six o’clock a.m. daily along with having homework sessions together after a long day’s work (Alvarado). As I asked my mother if she struggled with anything while going to school, she immediately said, “Yes, with the multiplication table. Your grandma had everyone sit at the table with me and had me repeat the chart back to them. I hated doing it but it helped” (Alvarado).

            As my mother grew older, she then graduated from high school with a 3.56 GPA and attended a community college to play softball with hope to one day earn a degree to become a coach along with having a job at “Ross Dress for Less” at the age of 19. As she was juggling between a part-time job and school, she met my father, Luis. They got married and had two children, my two older siblings. Due to being a mother of two, Linda then had to stop attending school to help provide for her family. Later throughout their marriage, my dad suggested for the family to move down to Texas so that he can be closer to his family. While in Texas, they had their third child, me. Since I became a part of the picture, my mom said to me that she was in no way angry about putting her life on hold because of her getting pregnant with my siblings and I, but that she does wish to become a softball coach since her love for the game has never stopped (Alvarado).

            My mother’s unconditional love and will-power to go above and beyond to provide her children with genuine happiness is what inspires me to live up to my potential and prove that I have what it takes to graduate from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The fact that she did not finish her schooling and achieve her goal in life, makes it much more meaningful for me to finish my schooling to achieve mine. From day one, my mother has always told me “You are a strong, outspoken individual in which one might even call you “the life of the party”. You, Jessica, are such a vibrant person and are capable to accomplish anything you set your heart to” (Alvarado).

 

            My mother is the person whom inspires me to graduate from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. I discuss my mother’s life growing up, how our lives intercepted, and why she is my greatest inspiration.