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This I Believe

KUHF-Houston Public Radio’s “This I Believe” with Priscilla Galliguez

Priscilla Galliguez is a 19 year old freshman at McLennan Community College in Waco but Priscilla calls Ft. Bend County home. She graduated from Dulles High School. Professionally, Priscilla wants to be a nurse. She knows that won’t happen without hard work….but that’s ok. Priscilla knows hard work pays off.

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Priscilla was born in California and that’s where her extended family still lives, but her immediate family all live in Ft. Bend County. She’s got a sister and three brothers. Priscilla heard about “This I Believe” from her Senior English teacher (Mrs. Fisher) at Dulles High School. Priscilla’s essay is a result of an English class assignment. Priscilla’s essay is about a life lesson learned during high school. Her interest in sports, particularly basketball, opened doors. Her hard work on the court led to a scholarship at McLennan Community College. The lesson she learned was hard work pays off.

Here’s Priscilla Galliguez with her essay for Houston Public Radio’s This I Believe.
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“Give your all in every opportunity because your hard work will be rewarded…..This I believe.

That lesson is one I learned from the sport of basketball.

As a young girl, my father taught me how to shoot baskets after I watched my three brothers play. The thrill of the pace and skills of the players intrigued me. Before long, I would seldom be seen without a basketball…..and I’ve played the game ever since.

Thinking back, I realize how it has brought me closer to my family and it’s even become a part of my personality. After a heartbreaking loss, friends would ask me…”Priscilla, why are you crying? You played such a great game!” I hated hearing that but I hated losing worse. I was a competitor and couldn’t stand losing. It was a disheartening feeling to know that our team was so close to winning but victory slipped right through my hands.

I played summer leagues, YMCA, AAU, middle school and freshman leagues and eventually played for three years on my high school’s varsity team. I wasn’t a superstar, but I was a valuable role player, stepping up when I was needed.

During my senior year, I had to face the possibility of letting go of the sport that had basically become my life…..But I couldn’t let it go.

I began to worry about how I was going to pay for college since there were so many children in my family. No colleges ever contacted me about basketball, but my high school coach was able to set up an individual tryout at a college a few hours away. I was put against the conference “Defensive Player of the Year”, but I maintained my focus knowing that this was my one chance at such an important opportunity.

After tryouts, the coach called me into his office. I could not believe my ears. He wanted to sign me on a full ride basketball scholarship!

I always believed my dedication to this sport would be worth something someday. This simple sport taught me the value of hard work. It changed my life and provided some greatly needed help for my future. I thank God for making this sport, more than just a thrill, but for making it a part of my life. This I Believe.”