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Esther Oros- 2016
Esther Oros- 2016Summary: An interview with Esther Oros: “Teen Services taught me that there is no right or wrong path in life; it doesn’t matter where you come from or the obstacles that life has placed before you. Work hard and work well, because there truly is a beauty in doing so.”
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Teen Services taught me that there is no right or wrong path in life; it doesn’t matter where you come from or the obstacles that life has placed before you.  Work hard and work well, because there truly is a beauty in doing so.

A little about me:

Age 21. I was born in Salamanca, Quanajuato Mexico.  My mom is a stay-at-home mom, and my father is a gardener/property manager.

I enjoy running, working out, hiking the coast, spending time with my family and friends, traveling, reading books, gardening, and cooking.

What I remember about Teen Services:

I first became involved with Teen Services when I began volunteering for their new baking program – the Lovin’ Oven. I actually started the program with three other girls, worked there, and participated in the training of others.  I participated in many of the Teen Center outings, and I would also go to the Teen Center just to hang out. While I was in high school, I went there almost every day.

I have a lot of wonderful and hilarious memories – Cowboy Cab 2013, the pop-up dinner Raggazzi in 2012, kayaking on Tomales Bay, mountain biking in China Camp, and really just having a great time with the staff and the other teens at the Center.

What I gained from Teen Services:

While I was at Teen [Services] I was exposed to many different people from all different walks of life. They gave me valuable advice – whether it was for a job, my health and wellbeing, school, friends, networking… even how to garden, or plan an event. These were all ingredients to a recipe that I have never forgotten.

I always knew that I wanted to go to college.  That’s why I began volunteering at the Teen Center. I also knew that I needed to get a job, and the Teen Center helped me prepare for that.

Teen Services also gave me opportunities to learn something new and to experience new situations that I had never faced before.  By doing so, Teen Services taught me that there is no right or wrong path in life; it doesn’t matter where you come from or the obstacles that life has placed before you.  Work hard and work well, because there truly is a beauty in doing so.

Where I am now and where I’m going:

I am currently a full-time student at Santa Rosa Junior College, majoring in Biology. I work for Ten Thousand Degrees [a nonprofit preparing high school students for success in college] as a Student Ambassador, and I also work at a State Farm Insurance office as a receptionist.

In five years, I plan to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Biology from a UC.  I plan to move away from Sonoma and live somewhere near Silicon Valley to work for a medical research facility. My most important goals are to be healthy and happy.

What are you proudest of?

I’m proud of everything that I have achieved and for my willingness to keep going. Life isn’t always easy; but if you stay motivated and truly work for your goals, I believe that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.