This scholarship helps further my educational endeavors. My plan in the long-term is [to] earn my master’s degree in Psychology at Cal State Fullerton. I want to be able to use this degree to land myself a career in the field of psychology or a career that’s similar [to] working with people in general. The impact [this] scholarship will make of my college plan is simply for me to be able to continue learning.
Education is a great, valuable resource, and to able to continue my education with this scholarship is a fantastic gift from the Kiwanis Foundation to help with my school supplies, paying off my school loans, paying for my classes and so much more that will assist in the future of my graduation. Receiving this scholarship means a lot to me, [and] not only me, but to my parents, who are truly grateful for [it] the most. It means that I can let them worry less about finances and them knowing that I am still going to school. That is what matters the most to them and to me as well.
I wasn’t a District Board member of any sorts but I have taken on numerous roles in CNH as a KIWIN’S member, K-Key [member], and currently as a Circle K member. The most valuable training I got when I was in Circle K was being President. I did not have any knowledge at the time because I did not have a mentor to look over my shoulder to help. My education on leadership was through my own experiences from the past that led up to the point of my presidency and the future experiences that I will
encounter that will arrive for me to succeed and overcome.
It was difficult to maintain the club at first, but I started to realize that I did not need to impersonate a leader when I could be myself. I realized that being passionate in what you believe will gain members who will join you in that pursuit of happiness. It was through passion that helped the club grow, my members to grow and, lastly, myself [to grow]. It was because of that experience that I am able to put that skill to use out in the professional world. If someone were to ask me how it started, it would start at Kiwanis.
– Daniel Luong