Coastal Bend College Pleasanton student Adahmm Quiroga isn’t dwelling on not getting her first choice wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“My first choice was meeting Jacob (Taylor Lautner) from the Twilight movies, but when they told me I’d likely only get to hang out with him for an hour, I said never mind. An hour isn’t very long, you know!” Quiroga said as she giggled.
So, she moved on to her second choice—modeling for a major fashion magazine. The Make-A-Wish Foundation along with GLAM4GOOD whisked Quiroga and her family away to the Big Apple for four days, and they got to visit sights such as the Statue of Liberty and Times Square. But the highlight of the trip was definitely the day-long photo shoot for Seventeen magazine’s upcoming prom issue. Quiroga said she got to try on designer dresses that have also been seen on actresses Vanessa Hudgens and Eva Longoria. The experience was nothing short of a dream come true for a girl from a small town.
“Being a model was exhausting, but it was so fun. We didn’t finish until 7 p.m. My hair and makeup were done by people who do that sort of stuff on celebrities. I felt like a celebrity though because of all the clothes and shoes. I got to bring a lot of dresses and jewelry back home to Poteet with me, and my little brother was amazed by the huge toy store in Times Square.”
While being a model in New York City for a day was definitely fun for 18-year-old Quiroga, she would also like to fulfill another wish of hers. For this wish, she has the encouragement and support from the entire CBC family.
“I want to be an LVN (licensed vocational nurse). All of my high school teachers recommended that I go to CBC because of the small classes and great programs. Karen Tanguma is my reading and writing teacher, and she’s so helpful and supportive. If I am not feeling well, she always understands. I have enjoyed my first semester at CBC, and I’ll be continuing my studies in spring 2014,” Quiroga said.
Although Quiroga suffers from Lupus and renal failure, nothing is slowing this bright young woman down. She recently interviewed to be part of the 2014 Miss Teen San Antonio pageant, and she hopes to be able to compete for the crown next year. To view photos from her photo shoot for Seventeen magazine, visit http://www.seventeen.com/fashion/make-a-wish-photo-shoot, and you can also look for Quiroga on the newsstands in the Seventeen magazine prom issue, slated for release in early 2014.