2020 YuJa Scholarship Winner – Dara Nicole Díaz Ríos

Congratulations to Dara Nicole Díaz Ríos as the winner of the 2020 YuJa Scholarship Contest

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am Dara, I was born and raised in Nicaragua and am moving to Boston to attend Emerson College and follow my dream of becoming an integral visual artist. I would like to be a visual activist and a documentarist. My background is in graphic arts as well as drawing, painting, and sculpting. I love teaching and sharing my knowledge as a way of giving back to my community.

 2020 Scholarship Contest Winner Dara Nicole Díaz Ríos

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST EXPERIENCE IN SCHOOL?

The experience of being an exchange student in San Francisco was for me a transformational academic experience. One of my fondest memories of my semester abroad was an incredible experience that took me home; on a cold spring afternoon as I was leaving the university gym, I saw my dance teacher from Nicaragua coming toward me. Coincidentally she was teaching at USF and invited me to her dance class with the school’s company. This wonderful opportunity opened my eyes to the realization that the world is more interconnected than ever and that we can connect with our roots anywhere.

HOW DO YOU ENVISION YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?

By 2025, I will be developing new ways to distribute more inclusive and accessible artistic content for rural Latin American communities. I see myself getting to know and collaborating with rural populations to document and preserve their traditions and give them the gift of art that has been so transformational for me. Additionally, I know I will be continuing with my education a process that will never end.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO LEARN FROM YOUR SCHOOL EXPERIENCE?

My main interest is to be able to develop my own voice, to understand my unique way of seeing the world, and to be able to communicate it to create a positive impact. I am confident that my university experience will help me build a network of artists who have the same interest in developing a global union for artistic inclusivity and democratization.

WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES DO YOU ENJOY?

My curiosity is infinite, I am always open to new experiences and eager to learn from others. The breadth of my hobbies is extensive: sports, gardening, all kinds of plastic, visual and performing arts, and any opportunity to give back and share with my community. I especially enjoy listening, writing, and sharing stories as this is a way to mix my vocation with my passions.

We would like to thank all the participants for entering in our 2020 Annual YuJa Essay Contest! 

We were blown away by the record number of participants and interest in our Essay Contest and we look forward to your participation next year in our 2021 Annual YuJa Essay Contest.

Related Article: Scholarship Submissions 2020

2021 YuJa Scholarship Winner – Annika Pierre Michel

Congratulations to Annika Pierre Michel, the winner of the 2021 YuJa Scholarship Contest

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Annika Pierre Michel

My name is Annika Pierre Michel. I enjoy analyzing, creating and traveling. In leadership, I value interactions, health, and freedom. I am passionate about architecture. I am attracted to learning interesting skills and meeting like-minded individuals. I currently enjoy playing chess, assembling puzzles, and binge-watching shows and movies. I’m also an advocate for environmental sustainability. In the future, I envision an exceptional work-life balance while achieving greater creativity, developing my work, and exchanging ideas. My life goal is to improve my health and life endlessly.

 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST EXPERIENCE IN SCHOOL?

My best experience in school is learning something interesting enough and meeting like-minded individuals.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR CHOICE IN MAJOR?

For many of us, being financially stable is a way of defining our success. Money is traded for nearly anything, home, food, school, accessories, and the list goes on. Nevertheless, I believe my field of study is crucial in today’s society. Finance ensures that people’s sources of income and livelihoods are maintained. It is beneficial to everyone. Individuals, businesses, and governmental entities all value it.

HOW DO YOU ENVISION YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?

In 5 years, I want to be the one to help my clients reach their inflection point and celebrate their maximum financially. I envision myself to be seen as honest, bold, and accountable. Most importantly, I envision an exceptional work-life balance while achieving greater creativity, developing my work, and exchanging ideas.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO LEARN FROM YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE?

From my college experience, I hope to learn how to make better financial decisions. For instance, helping my clients achieve their goals with plans, such as savings, investments, budgets, insurance, tax strategies, and much more.

WHAT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES DO YOU ENJOY?

I currently enjoy playing chess, assembling puzzles, and binge-watching shows and movies. I love to volunteer as it helps my community. I also advocate for environmental sustainability.

We would like to thank all the participants for entering in our 2021 Annual YuJa Essay Contest! We were blown away by the number of participants and interest in our Essay Contest, and we look forward to your participation next year in our 2022 Annual YuJa Essay Contest.

Read all the essays from the 2021 scholarship contest: Scholarship Submissions 2021

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