Daniela Suarez joined Reality Changers as an 11th grader. She is currently a 12th grader at Gompers Preparatory Academy and attends Reality Changers’ College Apps Academy.
What are you looking forward to in school this year?
I have been preparing for college since the 6th grade and now that I am entering senior year, I am looking forward to submitting all my college applications. I can’t wait for the feeling I’ll get when I click the last submit button for my applications. Apart from this, senior year will be the last moment I get to embrace my childhood before entering adulthood.
What support systems are you leaning on or creating for yourself to persevere (keep going) this year?
I am relying a lot on my family and the Reality Changers program to offer support through my final year in high school. Reality Changers has been the support group I have been looking for and now that I am a part of the Reality Changers family, I will take advantage of all they have to offer. My family is my rock and though we may be a small group, their support is endless.
What is one thing you hope to learn or experience at Reality Changers this year?
I can’t wait to be a part of College Apps Academy. Being the first woman in my family to even consider college, I look forward to all the support that Reality Changers will offer! I also met some amazing people at Reality Changers so I hope to learn as much as I can from everyone.
How does your Reality Changers family make you more confident in your strengths?
I know that even through some failures, Reality Changers will always be there to motivate me to keep on striving. The Reality Changers family consists of people like me – we may not all be the same but we understand where we are coming from. And if one of us can make it, then we all can. My Reality Changers family gives me confidence through their successes.
How is Reality Changers helping you navigate change as you go back to school?
During these difficult times, I’m sure that back to school will come with a lot more stressing and confusing moments. I am counting on Reality Changers to help steady myself and help me to not get caught up in the little things. Reality Changers is also me giving the support I desperately need for college applications.