Phoenix, AZ – Diana Sanchez may help prison inmates transition back to civilian life or she could work in an elementary school helping students in need.
Diana is an Arizona State University graduate who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and says her chosen profession offers several areas of work, “In social work there’s tons of variety. You can work with the police, you can work with the state, you can work in schools, you can work in prisons, working with people – helping them transition out of prison. You can work in nursing homes, there’s social workers in hospitals.”
Diana explains that she didn’t grow up wanting to be a social worker, “I took Social Work 101 at community college and that basically caught my attention, and it really lured me into the field and basically just the concept of helping people connected with me. I didn’t even know social work existed until I took the course.”
Diana was born and raised in Phoenix and graduated from Carl Hayden Community High School. She went on to earn a scholarship from College Success Arizona which provides students with specialized mentoring services, and up to six thousand dollars per year for educational expenses.
Diana says Angie Delgadillo, and other Success Advisers (mentors) provided by College Success Arizona were a big help, “Angie was my first adviser. She helped me throughout community college and she helped with explaining the process of college, and keeping up with my academics. And I think she’s the one that also mentioned social work to me.”
Beyond scholarships and grade point averages, Diana is like many students who say the college experience has helped them to mature, “It really helped me as a person to be more social and just be more engaged with college – it really changed my life.”
Meanwhile, Diana encourages middle and high school students considering their own college path to get started early:
“I would suggest speaking with high school counselors – talking about college. Hopefully just speaking with someone about college would get them more motivated and engaged to actually pursue something. Getting good grades is another big part because it’s going to help you go a long way. With a good grade point average there are going to be scholarships looking for you.”
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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