Right C3 is proud to announce the First Prize winner of the Senior Survey Scholarship Contest! Annalise Poe of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA was named the $2,000 First Prize Winner.
Annalise told Right C3 that she is attending her top choice school, UCLA and plans to study Psychology to become a therapist. She said she’s dreamed of going to UCLA since she was a child. She loves the pretty, large campus and the thought of living in Los Angeles.
In high school, Annalise became aware of wanting to become a therapist by being there for her friends when they were in rough spots. She sometimes felt like an outsider herself. “My school was full of rich kids. I didn’t fit in as well as I wanted to.” But that didn’t stop Annalise from getting involved. She joined the school choir, Anti-Drug Club, and Girl Scouts. She also gained some great skills by joining Next Step, where she counseled middle schoolers about getting ready for high school. One of Annalise’s biggest passions is writing. She’s kept a journal since she was 12. “When I was younger, I wanted to be an author. I’m still going to try and do that on the side.”
A little over a year ago, Annalise’s father passed away. It sparked in her the drive to get serious about college. Neither of her parents had received their degrees, so she also credits her boyfriend with helping her along the way. “He really encouraged me. He was already on the path and inspired me to keep going.” She says she really didn’t learn time management until senior year. “I got into this whole thing so late, I felt like I didn’t have time to really think through everything.” Yet, she’s on the path to her dream school, and it’s obvious her mom is very proud of her. “I was self-driven. I was the one kid in the home she didn’t have to worry about. Seeing everything I’ve accomplished on my own really makes her proud of me.”
Annalise also credits Right C3 with her progress thus far. “When there were thing I didn’t understand, it really helped to have someone who knew what was going on.” Of our services, she appreciated being able to email us the most. “Personally, I really liked emailing the coaches. It was the easiest to work into my schedule.” She encouraged future student to use their resources to help them on their path.