Estriana, 17 – Funded

Estriana is a student at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Chicago. But when she graduates in May 2021, she wants to spread her wings and go to an out-of-state school like Prairie View A&M University in Texas or Georgia State University to get her nursing degree. Her dream is to be a pediatric nurse!

What is something you are most proud of?

The personal growth of my character. I believe I have improved so much — especially mentally and spiritually — and I’m working on my self-love. It’s something I’m definitely proud of.

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

Yes I have. I have dealt with it by speaking with other people along with painting pictures and coloring — it helps; these things are like my therapy.

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

It means a lot. Neither of my parents are college graduates and for me to do this for myself and for them means a lot. I always wanted to go to college and become a nurse and I’m so grateful to receive this help along the way.

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

My dream to go to college and become a nurse!

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?

It will help me make a wiser decision when going to college. Seeing a college in person will help me decide whether or not it’s the right decision.

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

Georgia State University — I love downtown Atlanta and want to see what the campus looks like. And, Prairie View A&M University — I love Texas and this is one of my favorite HBCUs and I would love to go there.