Illustrating the Daniels Fund's impact in the communities we serve

James Saucedo

A Daniels Fund Impact Story

College Attended:
Georgetown University
Finance, Operations & Information Management
Scholarship Year:
How the Daniels Fund Scholarship has impacted my life:

What being a Daniels scholar means to me:  Beyond the substantial funding that goes along with this wonderful award, I am part of a special community as a Daniels Scholar. The Daniels Fund has given me added comfort in all that I was to expect during my move to college life; those expectations made the transition completely painless. Now that I am here and settled in, I know that I am in good company with the Daniels Fund. Should I need any assistance with college-related issues, there is most likely an answer in the Daniels Fund office. 

Best part of college:  In my college selection, I moved from a medium-sized western town to our nation's capital - a choice I would not change for anything at all. The best part of college life for me has been the great amount of opportunities available. Everywhere I turn there is a chance to pursue a new interest in every area of life from academics and research to social justice work to cultural exploration. 

Greatest Challenge:  To add on to my previous response, my greatest challenge in college has been choosing among the myriad of opportunities available. It's easy to become overwhelmed and over-involved, especially for a person with many interests and passions; however, once you fully explore your interests and find your unique balance between academics and outside happenings, you will find yourself a truly whole person.  

Advice:  Enjoy your final year(s) in high school!  Explore your interests and let them guide you in all that you do (within reason, of course). Be it that coffee shop you've never tried, an organization you want to support or know more about, or a class that you really want to take, but are not sure about the work load: take the risk. If you never challenge yourself to live outside your comfort zones, you will never grow as a person. P.S.: Risk-taking also has a knack for making you more interesting when it comes to those application questions and interviews. Best of luck!