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Q&A with Dylan Yahir Ruiz

Dylan Yahir Ruiz
Mr. Hispanic OU 2021

Dylan Yahir Ruiz

Q: Why did you choose to run for Mr. Hispanic OU 2021?

Yahir Ruiz: I chose to run because of what I could do with the title. I saw the potential that came with being an ambassador for my community and how I could give back to the community that raised me.

Q: What was your inspiration behind your platform, “Paso Adelante: Viejos Puentes Nuevos Caminos,” and what do you hope to accomplish?

Yahir Ruiz: I derived this platform from my experience in high school. I recall how difficult it was to find scholarships that were obtainable and currently active. I would go through various websites and social media posts, and only find a handful of scholarships I could apply to. The execution of my platform will be through an interactive website. The website will contain available scholarships for the academic year filtered by metrics such as year, merit-based, leadership, and more. This will be a resource for low-income, high school students from historically marginalized communities.

Mr. Hispanic OU 2021 Q&A

Q: What is your experience as a first-generation student and what lead you to pursuing a degree?

Yahir Ruiz: My family motivated me to pursue a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Being first-gen and the oldest has made my college experience more purposeful. When I’m on campus, I’m not just thinking about myself, I’m thinking about my siblings and my younger cousins. My experience, knowledge, and wisdom will be passed down to them. It is because of my family that being a first-gen student is a worthwhile experience on campus.

Q: Do you have any advice for Latinx high school students who are thinking of applying to OU?

Yahir Ruiz: Have a taste of the buffet of life! Talk to as many people as you can. Everyone has something they can teach you. OU is a big campus that will allow you to interact with individuals from other nations and states. Do not be afraid to ask for help or knock on doors, people are always willing to help in one way or another. Lastly, but most importantly, believe in yourself— because you do belong on campus.