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Finding a Passion for Psychology

United Way of Long Island's DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Program provides scholarships to deserving students so that they may achieve their academic dreams of continuing their education. Here is a reflection from scholarship recipient Oscar of Brentwood, who is studying at Suffolk Community College with assistance from a Camilla G. Belser Memorial Scholarship.

Hello, my name is Oscar and I had the honor of being selected as a recipient of the Camilla Belser Scholarship. This scholarship has not only helped me financially, but has also allowed me to focus on my school work. As a first generation student, I did not know what to expect when I enrolled in college, and at first I was hesitant to enroll in a community college. But, being a student at Suffolk Community College has been a great experience which has exceeded my expectations.

As an honor program student at Suffolk, I have taken part in a rigorous academic environment but I would not have it any other way because this has exposed me to life-changing ideas, and I have met exceptional individuals who I am proud to call my friends. 

My professors have also been great individuals who have enabled me to find my true passion. I have also taken part in various clubs such as the Honors Club, which allows me to continue giving back to my community. 

When I first entered college, I was undecided about my major, but now as I enter my second year, I have declared a major in psychology. I have been accepted into the joint admission psychology program at Stony Brook University, where I plan to continue my studies after I receive my associates degree at Suffolk. 

I am very grateful for the opportunity you have given me with this scholarship, and I know the only way to show you my gratitude is to continue my studies and continue achieving academic excellence. That is why I am happy to tell you that despite the academic challenges I have faced during my first year, I have been able to achieve a 3.8 GPA and a place on the dean's list. 

I am confident that with your financial support I will be able to excel academically as I enter my second year of college. 

Thank you for believing in me and for your financial support. I am forever grateful.