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ALYSSIA

Denison Univeristy, Economics

I’m a second year Economics major at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. I’m currently exploring possible minors in either Mathematics or Women’s and Gender Studies. I will be graduating in May 2018.

The moment realized I wanted to go to college was in the second grade. My second grade teacher always complimented me on my writing and reading skills. She suggested that I should look into being an author or journalist when I grew up. I asked her “what do I have to do to become a journalist?” She replied, “ you have to go to college for it.”Since then I’ve worked hard to make sure I got to college despite the fact that I changed career paths when I was in my sophomore year of high school. Growing up in a school district that was called “Ground Zero”, it was not often that students graduate from high school, or even go off to college. I attended the neighborhood schools for elementary and middle school, which were both low achieving school. However, through determination and hard work I was able to test into the top high school in Detroit and was accepted into the Horizons-Upward Bound Program. Both of these things have played a key role in my success in becoming the student I am today. That’s when I realized anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it.

I was surprised at how much Shane, Heidi, and Newell wanted to create a bond with all of their scholars. With other scholarships I’ve received, I’ve never had the opportunity to meet most of the donors and create a bond. My first time meeting them was at the Leadership Retreat. I was welcomed with a big hug from Heidi and Newell. I was also surprising to me is how good at karaoke and charades Shane is. They are all extremely sweet and friendly people; their happiness is very contagious. For me, the Retreat was all about finding yourself and creating bonds while being surrounded by happiness.

My next step in life is to go onto graduates school to get a masters in finance. My goal is to work on Wall Street as a financial analyst. However, as I explore more in college I’ve discovered that I have a passions for women’s labor rights,urban poverty, and urban education. Maybe I’ll find a career path that will be a mixture of all my passions.