Growing up in a household of 7, with 4 other siblings has always been an atmosphere of inclusiveness. When you have the chance to be surrounded by like-minded individuals whether it be your friends or co-workers, it is a nice feeling to know that they have your best interest in mind and wish the best for you.
As the middle child, I was surrounded by the opportunity to learn from two older siblings and teach two younger siblings. I have always been in a position to learn from the best and attempt to serve others to the best of my abilities.
Being a part of KIWIN’S during high school gave me the opportunity to not only serve the community, but [to learn from] my older peers and represent the organization I was so proud to call another home.
The Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation Scholarship has assisted my parents and myself in pay[ing] for school tuition. As a freshman at Cal State University Fullerton in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, I feel extremely grateful for the opportunity. With the financial assistance, I have my next home for the coming 4 years at one of the best, if not the best, California State University. Back in orientation, the school always mentioned that Cal State Fullerton was considered one of the top schools in regards to the terminology, “The Bang for your Buck.”
With tuition per semester at around $3,000 with books and supplies equaling another $500, college became not that affordable. With the scholarship, I was able to avoid the process of taking student loans and reducing the burden on my family. With 4 other siblings and the intention for each one to go to college, money can get tight. With the paid tuition, I intend to complete my 4 years at Cal State Fullerton graduating with Honors and other recognition.
Despite not having the opportunity to serve on the District Board for KIWIN’S, I was graciously blessed with the opportunity of two years on [the] club board as Vice President and President. Serving on any leadership board provided by Kiwanis International affords immense opportunities to build your network, professional and personal. Despite starting all over at a new school, I immediately found comfort at the CSUF Circle K with the President, Josephine Chau extending a warm welcome ensuring my first week of school was memorable. To this day, despite graduating high school and from the KIWIN’S/Key Club Programs, I have found a familiar home in Circle K and hopefully in Kiwanis, one day.