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Alejandra M., 17 – Funded

Alejandra M. knows she wants a career in tech — so she’s prioritizing colleges with good tech programs. In the meantime, this junior at DC International in Washington, D.C. is focused on doing her best to round out her high-school career on a high note. “I’ve always wanted a comfortable and better life for myself and my family and, for that reason, I am willing to work hard,” says this Girl on the Rise.

What is something you are most proud of?

I’m proud of my grades in my tech classes as well as the improvement of my grades in 10th grade.

Have you gone through any tough or challenging times? If yes, how did you deal with those challenges?

Yes, I had a lot of issues in my childhood and in my teen years. I learned to overcome them by looking forward to my future which motivates me to work hard to achieve everything I want.

What does it mean to you to be selected as a Girl on the Rise?

It means a lot to me because, financially, I have always struggled. But, with this scholarship, it makes me even more motivated to move further into my tech career plan. It also gives me hope to go to college and be able to be prepared for tests like the ACT and IB assessments.

What inspired you to want to be involved with Girls on the Rise?

I knew it would make me feel empowered to be part of a group of girls who are moving forward and achieving their dreams. It makes me aware that I am not alone in the fight and confusion of growing up and being prepared for the future.

How will funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals? In other words: Why is the opportunity to visit your prospective colleges important to your journey?

Although I have not decided on a college yet, I would really like to be able to visit colleges in other states. I would also love to meet people there and ask others about their experiences. It would make me more confident in my future choice in terms of college.

What schools will you use the funding to visit, and why?

Here are my top choices!

  • University of Georgia because Georgia is where I was born — and I like the thought of being there. I also really like the college’s diversity; it makes me feel more comfortable as a woman of color.
  • MIT for its amazing tech programs as well as Carnegie Mellon University
  • NYU because New York is a really vibrant city.