A Day in the Life …

Northridge High School

Janelly Chavez, Academic Advisor

Schools Served: Franklin Middle School, Northridge High School

I will never forget the look on the faces of my four seniors, Josh, Abigail, Mark and Gustavo, the moment they came out of their Daniel’s Fund interview. The Daniel’s Fund is a highly competitive scholarship program that covers all four years of a student’s college career. These students have worked so hard to make it is as finalists for this scholarship, and I could not be more excited for them!

I remember the moment one of them discovered he was a finalist for the scholarship. He was on a run and saw that he had received an email from the Daniels Fund. Before opening it, he declared what he hoped it would say: “Congratulations, you’re a Daniels finalist.” Lo and behold, that is exactly what he read when he opened the email!

I remember the joy that I felt when he texted me the good news. I jumped up and down as if I had just received that email! Fast forward a few weeks later to the day of the interviews. That same student almost gave me a heart attack when he texted me before the interview: “I forgot my thank you cards and resume! I’m turning around to get them.” He only had twenty minutes to get to his interview at that point or he would be disqualified!

I tried to remain as calm as I could, so the other students would not notice the “I’m freaking-out-and-cannot-breathe” feeling inside me. I want this so badly for them and would be devastated if he lost his chance over a few thank you cards and a resume. Thankfully, with ten minutes to spare, he made it!

One by one, the students went into their interviews, nervous but prepared. In the same way, they came out of their interviews a whole different person. They walked confidently towards myself and the other Dream Team staff to report back how much they actually enjoyed the interviews, smiles radiating throughout the Embassy Suites.

One of my favorite moments of the whole day was when Abigail thanked us for coming out to support her. She said, “I’m so grateful, I feel like I have a bunch of aunts here supporting me.” She was also the student who during her interview made an interviewer laugh so hard we could all hear it out in the corridor. We all knew that was a great sign!

Although we have to wait until the end of March to find out whether they will be Daniels Scholars or not, I am so proud of how far they have come and cannot wait to see how far they will continue to go! They are world changers in the making.