Mabel, 18 – Funded

Mabel, a senior at Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Miami, is looking forward to attending college after graduation and earning not just one, but several degrees, as she pursues her ultimate professional goal of being a criminal justice lawyer.

What is something you are most proud of?

I’m proud of my accomplishments and the fact I’ve come this far; I’m almost to the finish line of high school graduation. Many dreamers don’t get the chance — or the privilege — to get this far and earn a diploma.

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

Yes, my grandfather’s death was a struggle. He was my father figure, but I managed to stay strong and keep my head up — even though during my junior year, I practically gave up.

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

In my own words, it means to be selected as one who is next up in success; one who is being supported to be able to reach her goals.

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

What inspired me is the help that this program gives. You can’t really get help like this anywhere else; it’s a one-time opportunity.

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 is important, as it will help me to select the right college. I will get to experience every college on my list and pick the one I feel most comfortable with — and, most importantly, the one where I think I can grow the most.

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

The schools I would like to go visit include: University of Alabama because of their soccer program and academics; Baylor University for their academics; and Florida State University (FSU) because of their academics, as well. I heard FSU can be a very hard college to get accepted to, so I would like to have a campus visit and a face-to-face conversation with the office of admission.