Name: Auna Paulina Davis
Hometown: Sweet Home
High School: Sweet Home High School
College/University: Willamette University
Year in school: Second Year
Major: Undecided
Activities Involved in On Campus: Badminton club, intramural soccer indoor and outdoor, video game club, Willamette Events Board and Spanish club.

What is one of the best things about college?
I think one of the best things about college is meeting all the new people. I have met so many amazing people from all over the world even at a small liberal arts school. Another great thing about college is discovering yourself. It takes moving out of your house and into a new environment with new people to discover who you really are and what you are interested in.

How has GEAR UP helped you?
GEAR UP has helped prepare me for college in many ways. Through GEAR UP I learned a lot about finding scholarships and financial aid that will help me through school. Also, with the help of my GEAR UP class in high school I was able to look through my options of schools and ended up finding a great school to attend.

What are your future career plans?
I am still exploring my future career opportunities by taking a wide range of courses and joining different clubs on campus.

What advice do you have for middle and high school students currently in the GEAR UP program?
Use the time you have with GEAR UP to come up with a plan for college. It is much easier if you have some ideas and of where you want to go to school and what you want to go to school for. Senior year comes and goes fast and by the end you will want to have a plan on what school you will be attending the next fall.