AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Taking the bus to Austin is Violet's weekly school routine, as she's attempting to become the first in her family to attend college. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. During the early hours of the morning, Violet Jimenez, 17, waits for the bus in Elgin. Jimenez commutes from Elgin to Austin to attend McCallum High School's Fine Arts Academy. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet Jimenez boards the bus that will transport her to Austin. The commute takes Jimenez approximately 40 minutes. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Traffic slows on U.S. Route 290, as the bus meanders towards Austin, during the early hours of the morning. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet finishes up homework for her music theory class. She plays the viola in the McCallum Orchestra, and started playing in the seventh grade while a student at Mendez Middle School in Dove Springs. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. After a 40 minute commute, Violet Jimenez exits her bus at the intersection of E. Koenig Lane and Guadalupe Street. From here, Jimenez walks the remainder of her trip to McCallum High School. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet Jimenez waits to cross the intersection of E. Koenig Lane and Lamar Boulevard with her viola in tow. Since middle school, Violet has found support through Breakthrough Austin, a non-profit that works with first-generation college students. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. After a brief walk, Violet Jimenez arrives early to McCallum High School, and must wait until the music classrooms are opened. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet Jimenez sits in the hallway of McCallum High school. During her junior year, a year she's described as the most difficult, Violet worked at a Sonic, and helped her mother clean businesses. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Students slowly arrive to the school, as Violet Jimenez tunes her viola. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet practices for an upcoming recital with her classmates. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Throughout high school, Violet has balanced schoolwork with practicing the viola and multiple jobs. "I’d cry at night because it would get to the point it was so stressful," Violet says. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. "Breakthrough is like my second pair of parents, because they’re there to tell me if I’m messing up, I’m messing up. If I need to get better, I need to get better. But, if I’m doing great, they’ll tell me that, too.” Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Mar. 1, 2016. Violet Jimenez works nights cleaning offices in the Austin area. She needs the money for private viola lessons, new strings, and college. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Mar. 1, 2016. AUSTIN, TEXAS- Mar. 1, 2016. Violet Jimenez works nights cleaning offices in the Austin area. She needs the money for private viola lessons, new strings, and college. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     
 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Taking the bus to Austin is Violet's weekly school routine, as she's attempting to become the first in her family to attend college. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Taking the bus to Austin is Violet's weekly school routine, as she's attempting to become the first in her family to attend college. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. During the early hours of the morning, Violet Jimenez, 17, waits for the bus in Elgin. Jimenez commutes from Elgin to Austin to attend McCallum High School's Fine Arts Academy. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. During the early hours of the morning, Violet Jimenez, 17, waits for the bus in Elgin. Jimenez commutes from Elgin to Austin to attend McCallum High School's Fine Arts Academy. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet Jimenez boards the bus that will transport her to Austin. The commute takes Jimenez approximately 40 minutes. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet Jimenez boards the bus that will transport her to Austin. The commute takes Jimenez approximately 40 minutes. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Traffic slows on U.S. Route 290, as the bus meanders towards Austin, during the early hours of the morning. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Traffic slows on U.S. Route 290, as the bus meanders towards Austin, during the early hours of the morning. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet finishes up homework for her music theory class. She plays the viola in the McCallum Orchestra, and started playing in the seventh grade while a student at Mendez Middle School in Dove Springs. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet finishes up homework for her music theory class. She plays the viola in the McCallum Orchestra, and started playing in the seventh grade while a student at Mendez Middle School in Dove Springs. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. After a 40 minute commute, Violet Jimenez exits her bus at the intersection of E. Koenig Lane and Guadalupe Street. From here, Jimenez walks the remainder of her trip to McCallum High School. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. After a 40 minute commute, Violet Jimenez exits her bus at the intersection of E. Koenig Lane and Guadalupe Street. From here, Jimenez walks the remainder of her trip to McCallum High School. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet Jimenez waits to cross the intersection of E. Koenig Lane and Lamar Boulevard with her viola in tow. Since middle school, Violet has found support through Breakthrough Austin, a non-profit that works with first-generation college students. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet Jimenez waits to cross the intersection of E. Koenig Lane and Lamar Boulevard with her viola in tow. Since middle school, Violet has found support through Breakthrough Austin, a non-profit that works with first-generation college students. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. After a brief walk, Violet Jimenez arrives early to McCallum High School, and must wait until the music classrooms are opened. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. After a brief walk, Violet Jimenez arrives early to McCallum High School, and must wait until the music classrooms are opened. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet Jimenez sits in the hallway of McCallum High school. During her junior year, a year she's described as the most difficult, Violet worked at a Sonic, and helped her mother clean businesses. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet Jimenez sits in the hallway of McCallum High school. During her junior year, a year she's described as the most difficult, Violet worked at a Sonic, and helped her mother clean businesses. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Students slowly arrive to the school, as Violet Jimenez tunes her viola. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Students slowly arrive to the school, as Violet Jimenez tunes her viola. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet practices for an upcoming recital with her classmates. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Violet practices for an upcoming recital with her classmates. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Throughout high school, Violet has balanced schoolwork with practicing the viola and multiple jobs. "I’d cry at night because it would get to the point it was so stressful," Violet says. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. Throughout high school, Violet has balanced schoolwork with practicing the viola and multiple jobs. "I’d cry at night because it would get to the point it was so stressful," Violet says. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. "Breakthrough is like my second pair of parents, because they’re there to tell me if I’m messing up, I’m messing up. If I need to get better, I need to get better. But, if I’m doing great, they’ll tell me that, too.” Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Feb. 29, 2016. "Breakthrough is like my second pair of parents, because they’re there to tell me if I’m messing up, I’m messing up. If I need to get better, I need to get better. But, if I’m doing great, they’ll tell me that, too.” Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Mar. 1, 2016. Violet Jimenez works nights cleaning offices in the Austin area. She needs the money for private viola lessons, new strings, and college. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Mar. 1, 2016. Violet Jimenez works nights cleaning offices in the Austin area. She needs the money for private viola lessons, new strings, and college. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.

 AUSTIN, TEXAS- Mar. 1, 2016. AUSTIN, TEXAS- Mar. 1, 2016. Violet Jimenez works nights cleaning offices in the Austin area. She needs the money for private viola lessons, new strings, and college. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.
       
     

AUSTIN, TEXAS- Mar. 1, 2016. AUSTIN, TEXAS- Mar. 1, 2016. Violet Jimenez works nights cleaning offices in the Austin area. She needs the money for private viola lessons, new strings, and college. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News.