Rubiela's story is both heartbreaking and inspirational.  Her father left when she was young, leaving her mother to support a large family by herself.  Rather than let her father’s absence stand in her way, Rubiela uses it as her motivation.  ”I want to study to show him that I can go on with the help of my mother and my God,” she wrote in her essay.  Her humility, honesty and determination shone through strongly in her application, especially when she wrote, “I am a brave student even though I am not the most intelligent.”  Rubiela dreams of becoming an educated professional so that she can help her family and her community.