Deborah is a determined senior who will explore her passions at Columbia University this fall.
Q: What do you like best about Minds Matter?
Deborah: The best part about Minds Matter has to be the support system I’ve had this entire time. My team is just amazing. My team leader is one of my biggest supporters and I love him for that. My mentors have done an amazing job at keeping me grounded and sane just when I thought that I would go crazy with school, extracurricular activities, etc. And the rest of the mentees have been there through it all with me so we’ve done a lot of growing up together. We’re a little Minds Matter family and it is going to hurt very much when we have to say our goodbyes.
Q: What would you tell a freshman who is interested in applying for Minds Matter?
Deborah: You have to be mentally ready. If you’re applying to Minds Matter, it’s probably because you’re already a great student, so understand that it has to stay that way for the next three years and beyond. Know that they’re going to have high expectations of you, but only because there is a mutual/unspoken understanding that you have high expectations for yourself. You should also keep in mind that this program is one of the best things that could happen to you. You’ll have an amazing support system, you will go to college (that’s a fact), you’ll participate in incredible summer programs, and you’ll meet some unforgettable people along the way. If you think life is hard now, know that it’ll only get harder from here on out, but it will also get better. And you better believe Minds Matter will make sure of it.
Q: How has Minds Matter helped to prepare you for college?
Deborah: For the past three years, I’ve learned countless lessons from Minds Matter. However, if I had to choose one thing, it would be how amazing college is going to be. We are surrounded by people who are more than willing to help us and give us advice. From what to bring to your dorm freshman year to what classes will be helpful and necessary in the real world. We had the chance to see what college could be like through our summer programs, and we’ve also had staff members teach us college classes to show us just how difficult it can get. The program has been an incredible resource in terms of preparing us for college.
Q: Where will you be attending college next year and why did you choose that school?
Deborah: Next fall I’ll be attending Columbia University. I chose the school because I genuinely think that it is the right fit for me. I’ve always said that college isn’t just about getting an education; it’s also about expanding my horizons and challenging myself. And I can say with confidence that at Columbia I’ll be able to push myself in new ways and go beyond my comfort zone.
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