Broad Run High School senior Alejandra Roman is a rarity not just because she is a Loudoun native, but also because of what she has accomplished.
Alejandra, 18, will soon graduate and head to Liberty University to study biomedical sciences. Although her 4.17 GPA reflects her diligence in school, Alejandra has also worked hard out of the classroom.
Throughout high school, she held down two jobs to save for college—working at Chick-fil-A and as an afterschool math and reading tutor at Kumon.
“It was a major challenge trying to fit extracurricular activities as well as my studies in one day,” she said. “Sometimes I wished there were more hours in one day to get everything done.”
Alejandra, a first-generation American, says her hard work in and out of school is fueled by an appreciation for the life her parents have made for her.
“I have seen the struggles my parents have gone through and I think that’s what motivates me most,” she said. “I’m glad that my parents have sacrificed so much for me.”
Her work hasn’t gone unnoticed, either.
“She is extremely driven and motivated to succeed,” Broad Run guidance counselor Jennie Kroll said. “I am so proud of her accomplishments and have no doubt that she is someone who will make a positive impact in this world.”’
Alejandra was accepted to University of Virginia and Georgetown University, but chose to attend Liberty University, a Christian university, because of her faith. “My faith is really strong. … I just feel like I have been called out to help others.”
She plans to follow that calling and work as a pediatrician.
“That’s really what I’m focusing on more is being able to have the opportunity to get an education,” she said, “so that I can serve others who might not have the same opportunities that I did.”