Kayla

Kayla
UC Davis
Major: Genetics

Did you always want to go to college?
Yes, more than anything.

What does Higher Education mean to you?
I know a lot of successful people who did not go to college, and I truly admire them. I have just always been the type of person that loves school. While in high school, it meant getting out and having my own start. To me, higher education is proof that I can do anything and encouragement to accomplish more.

How did you hear about Guardian Scholars?
I mentioned losing my mom and that my dad wasn’t around in my entry essay. They connected me with Guardian Scholars through that. I didn’t know what it was, but I became involved.

What is the biggest way Guardian Scholars helped you?
Advising. The Guardian Scholars coordinator reached out to me on multiple issues I was having—both personal and academic. It was comforting to have that go-to person.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Med school. I know so many people say it during their first years of college and later change their mind, but I it is something I will give my all to accomplish.

If you could give a message to all current foster youth, what would you say?
Learn the stereotypes and have fun proving them wrong.