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Eavionna, 17 – Funded

Psychology is where Eavionna’s head is at. She’s a senior at Omaha Central High School and wants to potentially pursue the field of psychopathology at her dream college, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL). But, in the short term, her future plans include finishing high school off strong, continuing to work on her ACT score, and acquire a driver’s license.

What is something you are most proud of?

I’m pretty proud of my ability to stay calm and mellow. I think it’s what really helps me when I need to serve as an anchor for someone else who isn’t in such a chill mindset and needs some assistance.

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

Yes. With the more challenging mental and emotional times, it took staying close to friends and family and talking things out — or sometimes just keeping to myself, too. The smaller ordeals, like stress and internal conflict, just take music and peaceful surroundings to help me through them.

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

I think it was pretty awesome to be selected and I’m really honored to have this opportunity.

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

I had no idea what Girls on the Rise was! But when my mom and Big Sister [at Big Brothers Big Sisters] filled me in on some information, I thought it would be something cool to try out. So I agreed to give it a shot!

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?

I think it’s important to know the limits and boundaries of each school’s departments that are related to my major.

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

I’d like to visit The University of North Orleans and maybe UNL once again just to see what the two schools have to offer in the psychology department. I’d like to be able to compare and contrast them to see which one better suits my educational needs.