Cinthia grew up in extreme poverty, often going to bed cold and hungry. Her family migrated from Mexico in search of the American dream. Her mother has struggled to provide for 4 children in minimum wage jobs. Her father is an abusive alcoholic who has been in and out of jail. Cinthia had to call the police on her father many times for beating her mother and siblings. In school, she has excelled in Advanced Placement classes and was in the top 10% of her graduating class. She was Vice Group commander of the Air Force JROTC, from which she also received national recognition for her community service. Cinthia hopes to obtain a PhD in psychology from the University of Texas - San Antonio.