Like a lot of high school students, Janet Castillo isn’t sure of her future plans. But the 17-year-old senior at Sharpstown International School in Houston “took a chance” and applied for funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund. She plans on becoming a K9 vet and has attending Texas A&M, the University of Houston and Baylor University in her sights.
What is something you are most proud of?
I am most proud of being Mexican and playing soccer.
Have you gone through any tough or challenging times and how did you deal with those times?
In my sophomore year, I struggled academically but my Big [at the Boys and Girls Club] helped with my school problems and helped give me advice.
What does it mean to you to be selected as a Girl on the Rise?
It means a lot because I never thought I’d get a scholarship.
What inspired you to want to be involved with Girls on the Rise?
My Big mentioned the opportunity and I took a chance.
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 with my college applications.