By Troy Wilde
January 23, 2017
Flagstaff, AZ – Diana Saboria is working toward a goal of helping children by becoming a child psychologist.
Diana explains, “I hope to work in the area of family therapy, and specifically with children who have been physically, mentally, and or emotionally abused. I want to let them know that there is someone out there to help them, and not everything is as bad as it seems. They are our future, so we have to help them build their foundations from when they are children.
Diana adds, “Psychology itself is what I love, the way that humans work, and I want to understand why we make the decisions that we make. “
Diana, age 18, was born in Phoenix, but raised in Wellton, Arizona (located near Yuma) where she graduated from Antelope Union High School. Diana is currently attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where she’s pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
So far, Diana says she’s adjusting to the transition from high school to college, “Wellton is a small town and the high school that I went to was less than three-hundred kids. One of the classes I’ve attended at NAU had more students than my entire high school. Also, transitioning from my home and having my parents there, to no longer having them there was definitely a change, but it’s an experience and a process, and I’m enjoying it.”
Meanwhile, for middle and high school students in Wellton and beyond, who may be considering college, Diana has some advice:
“Definitely start thinking about college and planning as soon as possible – don’t wait until your senior year to start thinking about college. And don’t be afraid to ask for help, because it’s hard to make it the world all by yourself.”
To date, College Success Arizona has provided scholarships and mentoring services, valued at more than 15-million dollars, to more than 11-hundred students. Each student receives up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses, and specialized mentoring services provided by a team of highly skilled “Success Advisers.”
Robert Davis is Diana’s Success Adviser, “Robert is amazing! He‘s providing me with a lot of guidance and making sure that I’m on top of all of my grades, and that I’m staying on track with my classes and time management. It’s just so nice knowing that College Success Arizona has not only provided financial support, but they’re also here to help guide us through the process.”
For Diana, the scholarship’s financial element has helped to reduce the stress of paying for college, “That has made my life insanely easier and I can’t even describe how grateful I am to be a recipient of this scholarship. My parents have always encouraged my brother and me, to get a college education and do well in school, but they don’t have the money to pay for my college. So, the College Success Arizona scholarship has been a huge factor in allowing me study, and not have to worry about paying for my next text book or class, or stressing about much debt I’ve created for my parents.”
Thus far, Diana says the best part of college – “has been my classes, especially psychology, my professor has been amazing. When you find your passion and you go out there and do it, it’s really a lot of fun.”
Since 2005, College Success Arizona has worked with nearly 1,300 students, and provided more than 16 million dollars in scholarships and success services to help increase the college attainment rate in Arizona. If you would like to be part of the mission of providing educational opportunity to high potential students from low income backgrounds, your tax deductible contribution can be made through the “Donate” button on the top of this page.
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