Lianna M., 16 – Funded

A big goal for Lianna M. is to not only get her bachelor’s degree but also her master’s degree in either animal/marine sciences or psychology. This Girl on the Rise has her eye on California State University, Monterey Bay, to do just that.

What is something you are most proud of?

I am proud of completing my Silver and Bronze Award for Girl Scouts.

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

Yes I have gone through some tough challenges in my life. The best way I have dealt with these challenges has been talking to my parents, friends, and a therapist.

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

It truly means a lot because, out of all the candidates who submitted an application, I was one of many lucky girls to be chosen. It feels really amazing that I have been selected in such an amazing program.

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

My Big Brothers Big Sisters coordinator, Bryana, inspired me. She gave me a very inspirational speech and it made me feel like I should get involved with such a great program.

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 allow a certain ease for my parents when it comes to paying for college preparations. I feel this funding with allow me to gain more opportunities for my future while helping with the transition from high school to college.

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

Cal State Monterey Bay and UC Davis — these are my top two college choices and I would love to visit them both in order to see which college suits me best.