Alexia, 17 – Funded

Alexia, a senior at Legacy College Prep in Anaheim. California, has a lot of ideas about her future. Part of her would like to start a beauty business; journalism and reporting also interests her; she loves history and mysteries; and she’d also love to help people out by being a social worker, therapist, or counselor. Although she admits that her interests are “all over the place,” it’s really her passion that’s a sure thing — and something that will serve her well, no matter which path she pursues.

What is something you are most proud of?

I am proud of the awards I have received in high school; not only are they empowering for the school, they are also empowering for me.

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

Yes. I focus on myself, always pushing through and not caring what anybody thinks or says. When I get older I want to help out the people I love and that is the biggest motivation when I feel like giving up.

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

This means a lot because I know it will highly benefit me and my path towards a bright future.

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

The ability to create a good future is inspiring to me. I know being involved in Girls on the Rise would be an opportunity too great to miss.

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?

Actually having the opportunity to visit schools will save a lot of time and possible regret, as picking one college can be very hard and yet it decides your whole path.

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

Cal State Long Beach has always seemed like a good choice for me — especially because it is closer to my home. San Diego State University is another one I’ve been thinking about, too, because I heard it has good psychology and criminal justice programs.