Kayla, 17 – FUNDED

Kayla Myers wants to take her love of cheerleader and turn it into a career. The 17-year-old is a Pennsylvania native and freshman at Temple University. She hopes to pursue a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. As a 1,000 Dreams Fund Fall 2017 Scholarship recipient, she’s on her way to make #fitspo into a career.

What is your professional dream?

Graduate with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science and then to work as a personal trainer and cheerleading coach, eventually opening my own gym.

How will you use the 1,000 Dreams Scholarship?

Purchase a laptop, printer and school supplies. This may sound silly but I have never had a laptop, except when I borrowed one from my high school.

How is this helping you get closer to your dream?

Having a laptop has been very important; I cannot imagine succeeding in college without it. Not a day goes by when I do not have to use it for class work, studying or researching.  

​What advice do you have for other young women looking to go for their dreams?

Make sure to ask for help when you need it. People are more than willing to help and asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Who knows? You may end up finding a lifelong friend or mentor in the process.

​Any setbacks? How did you get around them?

One of my biggest setbacks is simply my age. Most people enter college at 18. Since I am only 17, there have been many things I have needed to accomplish differently as I am “legal”. For instance, when my cheer coach gave me paperwork to sign, I was not able to do so because I am not 18. This has proven to be frustrating.

The other way my age has affected me is that I don’t have as much “worldly” knowledge as a number of my peers. When we are asked about certain topics, I am often left feeling lost because I have not had those experiences. I know there are some things that I still need to learn and it will take time.
 
What’s next for you? What is your next goal?

Most recently I applied to be an Owl Leader. This is a position where I will spend my summer on campus working as a group leader during orientation sessions. I have made it through the first round and will have a group interview in the future. When I went to orientation, my Owl Leader was one of the reasons I knew I made the right choice about where to attend college. I would like to be that for incoming students in the future.