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

Jessica Benningfield

A Daniels Fund Impact Story

College Attended:
New Mexico State University
Vocal Music Education
Scholarship Year:
How the Daniels Fund Scholarship has impacted my life:

What do you like most about being in college?    The thing that I like most about college is the fact that I am finally able to make my own decisions in life.  I pick my career choice, what classes I take, my job, and how I spend my time. Before I entered college I felt that I was mature and knew what I was doing, but now that I am here, I have received a reality check and am truly developing independence and maturity.

What has been the greatest challenge so far in college?    My greatest challenges in college so far are learning to manage my time wisely and maintaining patience.  It may seem like you have all the time in the world, because your classes are spaced out and only every other day, but when you add on a job, homework, clubs you join, keeping organized, and trying to find time to sleep, it gets tough.  Also, the environment is very different here, so it's hard to keep your patience when there are inconvenient situations such as a bad roommate or difficult professor.

What advice would you offer someone who is applying to become a Daniels Scholar?    My greatest advice to anyone who is applying to become a Daniels Scholar is to not limit yourself.  Apply for your dream schools, don't be afraid to tell about all the things you have and are planning to accomplish in the future, and never underestimate yourself. I know many of you may feel that the Daniels Scholarship is an unreachable dream, but it isn't. Don't be afraid to show them your character and how amazing you really are.