Celeste joined Hope House in October 2022. As a first-generation Mexican American college student, she earned a scholarship to play college soccer at Colorado Christian University and recently graduated in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences with a minor in psychology. Growing up, Celeste often found it difficult to navigate through high school and college because her family had little knowledge pertaining to the education system. She was unsure where or who to get help from, so she had to do her own research and failed many times. These very common mistakes made her feel incapable and self-conscious of her educational journey, until she reached out to professors and advisors who helped place her on the right track and let her know that everyone’s journey looks different. Celeste is passionate about making sure those seeking education do not feel unworthy of their opportunities to further their education. Celeste also comes from a large family where teen pregnancy was and still is a reality for many of her family members. Through her own personal experience, Celeste has learned what it means to be a part of a positive support system; the impact a positive support system has on someone; and how to unconditionally show encouragement and love as God has done for us. Originally from Arizona, Celeste enjoys slurping Baja Blast freezies from Taco Bell, watching Real Madrid, facetiming her family back home and going on long walks with her dog and husband.