A group of high school students was in for a real treat when Bad Bunny made a surprise visit to Hialeah High School in Miami on Thursday morning (Oct. 10) to talk about the importance of education.
The initiative is in partnership with McDonald's HACER National Scholarship, which for the first time teamed up with a Latinx artist to inspire and motivate Hispanic students to pursue their higher-education goals.
“Education is important because it prepares you for life,” the “Callaita” singer said. “You learn a lot in life but there are a lot of tools and resources in school that help you grow professionally and personally for whatever goal you may want to achieve. It doesn’t matter if you want to be a teacher, an astronaut, or a reggaeton singer, you need to study.”
"I'm not striving to serve as an example for people, but I do agree that the years I was in school, and the years I enjoyed in college, were of great use to me for what I'm doing today for many reasons, like writing songs," said the Puerto Rican singer, who left college to pursue his music career. "It helped me a lot and I think it's been an essential part of the reason why I've been able to reach a level of success today."
During a 20-minute Q&A with the students, Bunny said his biggest supporter when it came to his education was his mom, who is a former teacher in Puerto Rico. “I’ve always been surrounded by many great people and professors, but my family, especially my mom who was a teacher, was the person who encouraged me to study and pushed me to continue. When we’re young, we don’t understand why our parents bug us so much with school and doing homework, but it’s a blessing to have that support at home.”
As for the best advice he offered to students? Be kind. “I continue growing and always look back at my mistakes but the best advice is to always be kind, continue studying and fighting for your goal. It’s a big deal going to school and having a degree, but I believe that it’s very important to be kind, caring and do good in the world.”
In addition to Bad Bunny’s appearance, the USHLI Student Leadership Summit included informational sessions about applying to college, resources available, including McDonald's HACER National Scholarship up to $100,000, and a college and career fair.