Name: Daniel Luviano
Hometown: Woodburn, OR
High School: Woodburn High School (AIS)
College/University: Oregon State University
Year in school: Junior
Major: Sociology with an option in Crime & Justice.
Activities Involved in On Campus: I work as a Bilingual Education Assistant on campus with youth and families from the local Corvallis community.
What/who was the biggest influence on your decision to go to college?
My parents were a big influence in my decision to go to college. They came to the United States years ago in search of a better future so I wanted to prove to them that their struggles were worth it. Also, I personally have the motivation to do something with my life. I didn’t want to be the type of person that lies around at home doing nothing after High School is over. I’ve set goals for myself and I’m chasing them because I want to be successful one day.
What is one of the best things about college?
One of the best things about college is meeting new people. It’s a great experience to go to a University and make friends from different cities and diverse cultures from your own.
What was your most memorable GEAR UP moment?
My most memorable GEAR UP moment was probably receiving the email that I was a recipient of the scholarship. It happened when I least expected so it definitely took me by surprise and made me feel good about the work I was doing.
What are your future career plans?
I want to be a Juvenile Probation Officer one day. My goal is to get teenagers to leave negative influences such as drugs and gangs behind by focusing on school and extracurricular activities like sports.
What advice do you have for students currently in middle and high school GEAR UP programs?
My advice for current middle and high school students would be to always chase your goals. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from accomplishing goals you have in life. Success isn’t handed to you in life. Work hard for what you want and you’ll see the positive results.