Child Spotlight: David Sanchez

November 1, 2016

What have you learned about yourself from your transition to college from high school?

During my transition from high school to college, I have learned that I am more mature than I expected to be on my own. I have learned that I am more self-driven when I am the only one in charge of reminding myself of when I have to get ready for class, do homework, or eat. I learned that the help I need is more complicated than in high school because I have to prioritize what classes I need the most help in. Then, I have to look on the professor’s website when their office hours are.

What has been the most difficult part of the transition?

 The most difficult part of the transition to college is the feeling of not understanding everything after the first attempt. In high school, I had to study a far much less amount of time than I have to now. I have been trying to get accustomed to the amount of reading I have to do because there is only a fraction of the material covered during lectures, so most of the course I have to teach myself.

What do you enjoy most about your college experience so far?

 I enjoy the people I have met so far. Coming from a community that is almost entirely Latino, I wasn’t exposed to the different cultures that I am learning about. I have also spoken to many students of color, and I have realized that it is a political statement that we are in a highly-acclaimed university. There are so many people passionate towards their respected majors. Since I have never seen more than a few students in high school who wanted to do achieve something great that would have an effect beyond themselves, I feel more driven to do bigger things than I currently have planned.

What kind of support, if any, are you still receiving from Children’s Defense Fund – California?

I am glad that I had Michelle Jones go over any last things I may have needed before I left because it made me feel a lot better about moving-in that I still had the support system of CDF behind me if I ever it. 

What additional support do you think you need to make your first year successful?

I think that I may have to use the alumni network in the future because I am not entirely sure of the path I am going to take on my road to becoming a doctor. I may have to use the scholarship money if I’m not able to find a well-paying job.