Student ID Number32942
Nameclaudialee malfavon
What is your GPA3.2
What high school do you attend? (CHS or CSHS)CHS
Where have you applied for further education?

Idaho State University Pocatello, ID
Boise State University Boise, ID

What is your inteded major/speciality?midwifery
In 200 words or less please explain why you are choosing this major/specialty

The major I'm planning to pursue in college is nursing. There are a few reasons behind why the medical field became such an interest to me. First reason being is how amazing the doctors, nurses, pediatricians, etc. would feel, knowing they did something good that can end up changing their patients’ lives. On the other hand, in my case becoming a midwife is a beautiful thing. The midwifery has the opportunity to give the parents an unforgettable gift. My mom comes to mind when I talk about my dream job because she works in a hospital, so she's the reason what got me thinking about making a career at the hospital, but the difference is she cleans and makes a safer environment for the patients. My mom cares alot for her patients when all her job wants her to do is clean. Her passion towards the patients is what made me want to make her feel she did her job to encourage me to be passionate about my patients as well.

1. What are your educational goals? Specifically list your planned major and minor courses of study. What do you plan to do with your education?

My educational goals are to go to Idaho State University and start on my general classes, then work up to the courses I need to take to become a midwife. The courses this major requires are science courses, nutrition, algebra and statistics, lifespan development, English composition, sociology, and more. Eventually I will also get an internship in a hospitals to get to know more about nurses, the equipment, and hope to get some hands on work and ask if they know of what a midwifery actually does. Overall after college and having that 1 year of being a registered nurse and all the hard work, I want to pursue my dream job.

What extracurricular activities or events have you participated in during high school?

Activities I have participated in high school include TRIO Upward Bound. For a year I was in the Key Club. I did a lot of community service in there as well. One of the organizations was at Sacajawea Elementary School, where I took care of kids for parents that were in the class learning English. Another organization I’ve been to is fun game nights at two different schools: Lewis and Clark Elementary and Washington Elementary. I taught math on tw different days. A community service project I did was “Spooktacular” in the Boise Zoo.

3. What is the most impactful experience that you have had as a participant in TRIO Upward Bound?

The most impact experience I’ve had while being in TRIO Upward Bound was getting to know myself when I wasn’t ready to realize what was truly there. TRIO was the one to open my eyes and say, “I have a chance.” So as soon I got in the program, I decided to approach looking into what came to be my dream job, which is to become a midwife. Over the years, TRIO gave me confidence, which made me push to start making bonds with people who weren't already in my group. As a result of making new friends, I got into a good group of friends who wanted to support me to reach my goal of 3.0 or above GPA. Also another impact experience that's similar to finding myself is being more worthy of many things, including the family I have within TRIO Upward Bound. The reason why TRIO is a second family and why it has impacted me sincerely is because no matter where the certain person is they will always be there to talk or anything. They would also encourage and motivated you to succeed because they would want nothing but the best.

Other than financial, what is the biggest obstacle you face to completing college? What resources will you utilize to help you overcome this obstacle?

The biggest obstacle I have awaiting for me when I go to college is time management because college courses require much more effort than high school classes ever did. The solution is to know my limits and know It is important to schedule time for fun and to take breaks to keep your mind fresh and clear. Another obstacle that has a risk of affecting my learning is the social life. Many people talk about how you should go to college and the parties that come with it, but reality is to know your limits and having fun, drinking isn't always the answer. My final obstacle that will affect me is being homesick and missing the one person I care most about. The default to this one is that there is no other solution other than Face-time, or call them, maybe even plan a visit. I know this obstacle is going to affect me a little more because i'm so used to helping my mom out with bills and my younger brothers, knowing I'm going to be gone is hard because she's getting older and she needs help.

5. What will it mean to you to be the recipient of The Opportunity Fund?

Winning The Opportunity Fund would be one of my most passionate awards I would have ever received. The reason it would mean so much to me is because I have been with TRIO Upward Bound for a long time. I have grown with it, meaning I want it to continue for more low-income students and more first-generation students. I have never been in a program for this long and have the feeling of never wanting to leave. TRIO as I said in many ways has changed me for the better; it gave me confidence I didn't know I had and lastly pushed me to the point where it was stressful but ended up having me succeed. I can call the people I have in TRIO Upward Bound my family. Not only do they act like family members but also encourage and motivate you until you do it. There is not enough thank you’s to give TRIO Upward Bound.

6. To what organizations or events have you offered service during high school? What was the most rewarding volunteer experience that you have had, and why?

Throughout my four years in high school, I have been involved for 3 years. This includes a program I am in since my second semester of freshman year, TRIO Upward Bound. With this program, I have helped my community. I participated in a club, and volunteered at a hospital for an internship. First starters, my community is important to me because this is where I was raised and everyone in it has become a family since the day they moved here with opened arms from us. This particular organization, Sacajawea Elementary School, made had a special connection to me, and here’s why. I helped out with childcare. Some days I’d help kids learn their vowels, other days are game days. Most important challenge is to keep the children entertained for 2 hours. While the kids are being entertained by the volunteers, the parents of those kids are Hispanics who are trying to learn English for those 2 hours. I gotten a special connection when it comes to this service I have provided because not only do I get to learn a lot about a few families who go everyday but because my family has gone through a similar situation. Another organization I’ve been to is fun game nights at two different schools such as Lewis and Clark Elementary and Washington Elementary. Each were on different days but lasted about 2 hours of unforgettable moments I shared with some of our young generation. The night Lewis and Clark had their game night, it was focusing on math, meaning I became a teacher for 2 hours and taught math with game boards. Washington Elementary has a carnival where their goal was to raise money for their school. As a senior I got the opportunity to have an internship at St. Als.

7. How do you plan to fund your post-secondary education? If you have worked during high school describe what you have done.

The plan is to apply for scholarships and earn enough money for college, the rest will have to be from loans and work. I have worked three out of four years of high school. The realist thing I can say is, it’s hard. Especially if you're a senior, because that's when you have to try your best/hardest at school to graduate. Juggling work on top of that is stressful and frustrating, but a good life lesson. Time management is what I learned out of working and paying bills; it isn't as easy as our parents make it seem. Having money as a senior is completely different than having money as a sophomore because you think twice on what you spend on, and if you really need it. The three jobs I worked at were Pizza Hut as a waitress, Sonic as just a crew member, and Gyro Shack as a crew member as well. All my jobs paid me the maximum of $7.25; my hours within those jobs were horrific. Pizza Hut had me working 10-13 hours, 5 days out of the week. At Sonic, I worked around 8-9 hours a day. And lastly, The Gyro Shack had me working 6 hours a day which is not bad because they closed at 9 p.m. As people get to know how many hours I’ve worked at all my jobs, they get to understand me when I say “it’s hard."