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Cesar Esteban Bernal - April 2014 Scholar of the Month

Cesar Esteban Bernal
2013 CHCI-ExxonMobil Scholar

Phoenix, Arizona
B.S., Mathematics
Brown University

Having learned Spanish first, I have never been the best English student. But the one language I have always excelled at is Mathematics. Ever since I can remember learning to count, numbers have always been of interest to me. The manner in which you can manipulate equations and formulas to solve real-world problems, sparks curiosity within me and encourages me to delve deep into the subject. I have always aspired to discover everything there is to numbers and their use in society and our mysterious universe.

As many people have said, “Math is the same in every language.” Fortunately, this was true while I was growing up. I struggled throughout elementary school trying to grasp the English language, while the other kids could easily communicate with one another. I soon realized that the only method my classmates understood me was through numbers. In fact, I wasn’t simply showing them this dialect, but rather teaching them a concept that came naturally to me. At that moment, not only did I develop my interest in math, but my love towards teaching as well.

Without my struggles as an insecure adolescent, I would not have grown into the optimistic individual I am today. Because of this, I now strive towards fulfilling my potential.
Becoming a mathematics teacher would give me the opportunity to share what I have learned directly with others. I plan to take the subject of mathematics and make it worldwide knowledge through my teaching. Furthermore, my purpose in pursuing a career in mathematics is to be able to teach others the values that math offers, especially in the Latino communities. There are almost no Latinos in the field of mathematics; I plan to change that. My goal is to establish an educational institution that emphasizes more on the advanced sciences so that Latino students would be given the chance to pursue a career they otherwise would have never considered. Through these opportunities, my Latino culture can possibly surpass its ethnic stereotype and, just like myself, seek higher education to do well. Knowing that I could make a difference, however small it may be, is my ultimate motivation. In order to achieve this goal, I plan to realize my educational aspirations and receive my doctorate degree in Mathematics at a prestigious university. It is my determination to make an impact in society and history that drives me. I am certain that with these ambitions in mind, whatever journey I take to get there will be rewarding.

Without the influence of mathematics, the world would not have progressed to where it stands today, but without the continuous support of my family and heritage, I would not be where I am now. It is because of their commitment for me to thrive that I am prepared to acquire the knowledge necessary for me to pass on to tomorrow’s generations as a future educator. Being a motivated individual, I live as Tennyson’s Ulysses once said, “to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

Past Scholar of the Month

Mariam G. Lopez - August 2015 Scholar of the Month
Daniela Carbajal - July 2015 Scholar of the Month
Beverly Apodaca - May 2015 Scholar of the Month
Edwin Hurtado - April 2015 Scholar of the Month
David Rodriguez - March 2015 Scholar of the Month
Jennifer Villalobos - February 2015 Scholar of the Month
Maria Garibay Campos - January 2015 Scholar of the Month
Samantha Perez - December 2014 Scholar of the Month
Andrea Gutierrez - November 2014 Scholar of the Month
Elias Jimenez - September 2014 Scholar of the Month
Monserrat Baeza - August 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mayra Estrada - July 2014 Scholar of the Month
Isaias Faustino - June 2014 Scholar of the Month
Wendy Cartagena-Gonzalez - May 2014 Scholar of the Month
Cesar Esteban Bernal - April 2014 Scholar of the Month
Celia Flores - March 2014 Scholar of the Month
Aldo Sosa - February 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mikayla B. Aviles - January 2014 Scholar of the Month
Christian Guerrero - December 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Esperanza Perez - November 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Adrian Rosas September 2013 Scholar of the Month
Vivienne T. Meljen - August 2013 Scholar of the Month
Sophia DeAraujo - July 2013 SOTM
Ricky Vides - Scholar of the Month - June 2013
Kelvin Castillo - Scholar of the Month - May 2013
Xochitl Davila - Scholar of the Month - April 2013
Brian Ibarra - March 2013 Scholar of the Month
Jacqueline B. Odum - February 2013 Scholar of the Month
Alexis Nava Teodoro - January 2013
Cristina Gil - December 2012
Roy Nuñez -- November 2012 Scholar
Karla Arevalo-Alas -- October 2012 Scholar
Luis C. Alvarez Scholar -- September 2012
Carolina Gonzalez Scholar -- July 2012
Daniel Caraballo Scholar -- June 2012
Rose Aviles Scholar -- May 2012
Felix A. Navarro, Jr.-April 2012 Scholar
Andie Lee Gonzalez-March 2012 Scholar
Kevin Magaña-February 2012 Scholar
Rebecca Rodriguez-January 2012 Scholar
Erika S. DiVivo-August Scholar
Wesley Quevedo - July Scholar
Arlett A. Aguayo - June Scholar
Ricardo L. Baez-May Scholar
Natalie Chiriboga - April Scholar
Eddie L. Castanon - March 2011
Monica Avila -- February 2011
Daniel R. Lopez -- December 2010
Maria Murillo -- November 2010
Gilberto Chaidez, Jr. -- August 2010
Stephanie A. Alvarez -- July 2010
Christian Amador -- June 2010
Isabeth Mendoza --May 2010