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Sophia Escajeda

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Bio

I'm a nineteen-year-old Mexican-American author, student, and once-in-a-while trombonist. I love writing, listening to music, and hanging out with my loved ones. I'm in my final semester of community college and plan to transfer in the fall to pursue a degree in Creative Writing.

Education

San Francisco State University

Bachelor's degree program
2024 - 2026

Los Medanos College

Associate's degree program
2022 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • English Language and Literature, General

Pittsburg High School

High School
2018 - 2022

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

    -
  • Transfer schools of interest:

    -
  • Majors of interest:

    • Creative Writing
    • English Language and Literature, General
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  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Writing and Editing

    • Dream career goals:

      Author

    • Team Member

      Party City
      2022 – 20231 year

    Sports

    Soccer

    2010 - 20177 years

    Softball

    2010 - 20188 years

    Awards

    • Most Improved Player

    Arts

    • Middle and high school band

      Music
      Concerts
      2015 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Church of the Good ShepherdPeer Leader
      2021 – Present
    Alicea Sperstad Rural Writer Scholarship
    Winner
    Writing is my lifeline. It brings me so much joy. It's an escape. A tool. A power. I have been writing since I was a child, basing my short stories on whatever TV show I watched that day. It wasn't until my eighth-grade year that I realized it was what I wanted to do. With writing you can tell the stories of the worlds in your head, tell stories of the characters, and write the happy endings you've always wanted. I throw myself into my work and I can't stop. My stories always play in my head. My fingers always itch to hit the keys because I cannot live without writing. I can't imagine my life without writing. When I couldn't tell my family the problems I was dealing with, and when I couldn't find the words to express the slip in my mental health. I wrote. I wrote poems, I wrote my feelings out through my characters. After one of the darkest moments of my life, I wrote it into a play to cope. No one knew what I went through, but they said my peer reviewers said it was a moving play. Realistic. Something that needed to be said. A peer said they related to it as well. When my own words fail to speak for me, I can write them out in my story and finally process what I'm going through. I don't know where I would be if it wasn't for writing. I've found new confidence through writing and even more with the support I've received from my friends and family. My parents take such an interest in the stories I'm writing and even bought my books. It seems so simple to others, but with such a risky dream that some consider unrealistic and idiotic, I'm so happy to have supporters behind my back. It was with their support that I was able to publish my debut novel last year. I was able to keep going despite all of the doubt in my mind. When my book was released, my family posted all about it on Facebook and so many people I didn't know ordered my book online. Just recently, my sister sent a quote from my book just out of the blue. No warning, no reason, just because she liked it. It made me want to cry. My dad ordered his copy without telling me and opened it in front of me and I nearly burst into tears. It's the support that helps me keep going, and I'm forever grateful for that. No matter what I face or who doubts me, I won't stop writing. It doesn't matter if my books don't sell. I want to write and tell the stories that live in my head, and I'm going to do it one way or another.
    Lisa Seidman Excellence in Writing Scholarship
    I'm pursuing a career in writing because I want to tell my stories to the world. I've been writing stories since I was small, and didn't realize it was my passion until eighth grade. I have numerous book ideas, and I'm in the process of editing the first draft of my debut novel. I have so many stories to tell and I'm going to do it, nothing is gonna stop me.
    Brynn Elliott "Tell Me I’m Pretty" Scholarship
    A women i admire in my life is my mother. My mother was the oldest of three, and from an early age she took care of her brothers. She got a job at 15 and a car because, in her words, "So I can drive my brothers around," My mom got pregnant with my sister when she was 19. She broke up with her boyfriend because he wasn't helping, also because he cheated on her during her pregnancy, and she was a single mother until she met my father. My father and mother married on June 28th 2003, and I was born October 29th 2004. My mother became the stepmother to my four other siblings, three brothers and one sister. In a 3 bedroom home, she helped raised all six of us. I don't remember much about living with my siblings, (the second youngest sibling is 12 years older than me), but I do remember the bunkbeds. I love my mother, she may call me to do chores at the most inconvenient times, but I don't mind that much. Mom's done a lot of things for me, and I love her a lot. She's proven that you can get through everything. She's amazing! Now, I just got to figure out what to get her for mother's day.