It’s time to shift the spotlight! This month we’re shining it on Abigail, a Dream Team alumna from the class of 2018. We’re very proud of everything she’s done so far, and we’re even more excited to hear about the awesome things she’s doing now!
High School Attended: Northridge High School Class of 2018
Institution Attending: University of Denver
Field of Study: Molecular Biology with a Concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience
1. What aspect of being in the Dream Team has stuck with you?
Not being afraid to ask for help! I remember in high school how challenging the process of applying for college was as a first-generation student, however, the Dream Team Advisors reminded me that I didn’t have to go through the whole process alone. They made the time and the effort to check in with me frequently and help me with any problems I had whether they were school-related or not! The Dream Team taught me that it’s okay to reach out whenever you need help, and I have made sure to really take advantage of any resources I’m given.
2. What are your goals for the future, and what goals have you achieved?
I feel most fulfilled when I’m able to provide someone a safe space to express themselves and go through their problems, and so I’m currently working hard to get into medical school to become a psychiatrist. Growing up, I felt as though a lot of my peers and members of my community lacked the mental health resources and support they very much needed, and so my goal is to be able to fill this gap by providing more affordable and accessible mental health programs for low-income and minority communities.
3. What is one of your favorite memories of the Dream Team?
I loved being able to walk into the Dream Team office at Northridge anytime I needed a place to get some work done or simply hang out and de-stress. Janelly was always there to listen to me and give me snacks whenever I felt down and needed a little pick-me-up. Even now, I really appreciate when members of the Dream Team check-up on me to see how I’m doing.
4. What is one piece of advice you would give a Dream Team student who has recently graduated high school?
Take time to figure out what you really want to get out of life! Sometimes it may feel like you need to do everything quickly and have your whole life figured out by the time you’re 20, but that’s not necessary at all! I’ve found that you really need to take time to figure out a dream you love and feel so passionately about, and then work hard to accomplish that dream. This can really take some time and that’s okay. Feel comfortable reaching out to people and getting out of your comfort zone – always aspire to grow! Even if you don’t feel secure about something, don’t worry, things will work out – they always do.