Our October Alumni Spotlight is shining on Isael, an alum of the Dream Team Class of 2018! We are very proud of him and can’t wait to see what’s next for him both in and out of college!

High School: Greeley West High School Class of 2018
Institution Attending: University of Colorado at Boulder
Field(s) of Study: Applied Mathematics and Communications

What aspect of the Dream Team has stuck with you?

The aspect that has stuck with me the most has been the importance of constantly checking on myself. Now that I am “on my own,” I have learned that it is important to always think about how I am doing. Aside from school, am I happy, do I need any help with anything, do I need to do anything for myself? It is always important to make sure that you are okay before anything else. In your first year, you might feel alone because it’s a new environment, but you will always have yourself, so always make sure to take care of yourself.

What are your goals for the future, and what goals have you achieved?
My future goal is to graduate from CU, but other than that I haven’t thought that far ahead. Life can change and you could be in a completely different position a few years from now, so I have a bunch of short term goals like doing well in my classes and interning. I have already found a research position as an instructor’s assistant, and I am part of a few programs here and I have maintained a good GPA. Some of my goals have been achieved already, but I know that I can’t settle and can always do better.

What is one of your favorite Dream Team memories?
Some of my favorite Dream Team memories are field trips! Who doesn’t love those? I specifically liked the overnight college visits because not only do they give you a slight idea of what college is, but they also help build relationships with the other advisors and people in Dream Team. These relationships helped because I related to a lot of people in the program.

What is one piece of advice you would give a Dream Team student who has recently graduated high school?
It’s hard to narrow it down to one piece of advice but I would say that you must get out of your comfort zone. Trying new things is when you will grow the most as a person. Trying a different class, for instance, made me realize that I really love doing math! We all want to do something that we know we will enjoy doing for the rest of our lives, or something that we know we can never stop learning. I know that I stand out at this University because of how I look and where I come from. Rather than falling into the crowd and trying to hide, I use that to my advantage and make myself stand out in a positive way. You should go to that meeting for that club or organization that sounded interesting because you never know what it will lead to, you must live life because it is short. I could write a paper covering different pieces of advice, but I am going to keep it nice and simple. If you ever need and support, help, advice, or anything that you think I could help you with, feel free to reach out.