This month, beginning with National Charter Schools Week, we will feature stories from charter school graduates from across the country. Check back every day to see a new student feature in our 30 Days of Grad series. Today, we kick off 30 Days of Grad with an essay from a 2017 graduate of the 2016 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools winner, IDEA Public Schools.
When I look back on my upbringing, I feel very fortunate to say that I’ll be attending Brown University this fall to become a doctor, because it was not an easy road. My name is Michael Mireles, and I’m a proud IDEA senior from IDEA Quest, located in Edinburg, Texas.
I was raised by my grandparents, who were both migrant workers, in a small house we’d built ourselves, without a bedroom. I slept on the couch, one I was too tall for—I slept at an angle so I could tuck my legs in.