As a junior at Mira Monte High School, Evelyn Arredondo is proving that age is nothing but a number. Passionate about politics, Arredondo, 16, is ready to take on the world.
She plays golf, is president of the Spanish and AP English language clubs, and participates in mock trial, interact club, drum line, marching band and concert band.
In 2013, Arredondo attended the Georgetown (her dream school) summer program.
"I was very shocked to find out I had been accepted because I thought I wasn't good enough for the program," she said. "I fundraised every single cent -- around $5,000 -- by myself during a short three-week time span."
From her first step onto Georgetown's campus, Arredondo knew this is where she wanted to end up after high school.
"I remember I fell in love with the campus the minute I saw it," she said. "I believed I was in a 'Harry Potter' movie because the main campus looked like a castle, and I had never seen anything like it."
This year, Arredondo applied and was accepted to the university's diplomat program in China. She is currently fundraising due to tuition being so expensive, but with her determination, anything is possible.
"I have faith in myself that I will make it," said Arredondo.
1 I am from Bakersfield, born and raised.
2 I'm the first to go to college in my family.
3 I'm aspiring to be the first female Hispanic president of the United States.
4 I love anything dealing with John F. Kennedy. In fact, I like to motivate myself with his famous quote: "We have come too far, we have sacrificed too much, to disdain the future now."
5 My personal motto that I live by is: "The world is my playground."
6 I read the newspaper every day, ranging from The Bakersfield Californian to The Los Angeles Times.
7 Whenever I'm not doing any extracurricular activities, I love to read works about JFK, catch up on any other reading, watch "House of Cards" or hang out with friends.
8 I'm very passionate about politics. I can't stop talking about it sometimes.
9 In five years, I hope to have graduated from my dream school, Georgetown University, and work on Capitol Hill, building up the skills to run for office.
10 The thing I would like to change about our world is the racial inequality that is somewhat still evident today. I want everyone to be able to have the same opportunities, no matter what.
11 My favorite story I like to tell is (about) my final day in D.C. The sun was setting, and I was standing right where Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the Lincoln Memorial. I closed my eyes and for a brief second, I envisioned myself standing in front of all those that had been present during the "I Have A Dream" speech, but instead of yelling for equality, they were yelling, "President Evelyn!" But then I opened my eyes and came back to reality and decided I was going to make this a reality. I came back to Bakersfield and applied for an internship with my local congressman and got accepted.
12 Visiting Georgetown during its summer program was a major turning point in my life overall. This helped me decide that politics was my calling in life.