Interview with Arivee Vargas
Romero Scholarship Recipient - 2004
A couple of days after the 2004 award ceremony, we asked
Arivee five questions about her experience. Here's how she answered.
What motivated you to apply for the Romero Scholarship?
Since my freshman year, I've attended the Romero Scholarship Ceremony
as a member of OLAA and have watched
other Latino student activists, whom I look up to, receive this
amazing honor. Not only was I consistently inspired by these students,
but I also felt a connection with Romero and his service. Knowing
me, peer mentors
encouraged me to apply.
2. What was the most memorable question
from the interview and how did you respond?
The first interview question asked what I found to be the greatest
struggle during my time serving the Latino Community. Although
myself and remain calm, tears came to my eyes. I got emotional
because this struggle consumes how I live everyday. I explained
that I want to play a role in social change, but it is discouraging
to often hear that social change
is not possible. I will never think that society should just
be accepted with all
of its injustice. It is especially hurtful when Latinos display
apathy towards the problems in our communities instead of becoming
agents of social change. I didn't know I would get so emotional
during the interview, but this first question proved me wrong,
How did you feel when you heard your name called as the award
I was extremely overwhelmed and shocked, because I just could
not believe it. It is such an incredible honor. It still hasn't
4. What do you feel is your biggest responsibility
as the Romero Scholarship recipient of 2004?
Now more than ever, I feel a responsibility
to advocate for the Latino community. It is
articulate exactly how I feel, but I know I must continue to be
pro-active in ending social injustice far beyond my college years.
I have to keep standing up for the disenfranchised and give
a voice. It is a duty, a calling."
5. What would you say to students who
are thinking of applying next year?
The application process itself allows you time for reflection.
It is an intense process, but one that opens you up to uncovering
the core of who you are as a human
being and a child of God. I encourage Latinos to apply and be open
to this process of reflection!
Thank Arivee for answering our questions!