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giovanna halbeck

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Bio

I love to learn and my life goal is to help encourage and take part in lasting positive change

Education

Asu Prep Digital

High School
2020 - 2024
  • GPA:
    2.8

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Sociology
    • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services
    • Anthropology
    • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Social Work

    • Dream career goals:

      Public services

      • Volunteering

        Maricopa County Library District — I worked at the summer reading desk signing people up with reading goals, encouraging the advancement of knowledge for many people. I also worked with children, helped set up and clean up events, cleaned movies and books along with alphabetizing them.
        2017 – 2019

      Future Interests

      Advocacy

      Volunteering

      Joieful Connections Scholarship
      I finally got diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the first semester of my Senior year. I spent most of my time in high school not believing in myself, and most of my childhood believing I was stupid. When I got into the college I wanted, I couldn't believe it. As someone who was homeschooled all her life and has never been to in-person school, I've always dreamed of what college would look like. I plan to further my education beyond high school by going to Arizona State University in Fall 2024. Recently I applied to my school's Early Start Program and I was accepted, which means I'll move in early, get started on my work, and earn credits for being in the program. I am eager to learn and excited for this new chapter of my life. I plan to work hard in school so I can eventually receive a Graduate degree in addition to a Bachelor's degree. I am interested in many different fields of study. However, I've always been particularly fascinated by the Humanities and Social Sciences. My major is Anthropology, but I plan to explore Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Human Development, and so much more. The way I see it the possibilities are endless. In my Anthropology degree program, I will get to take courses in Archaeology, Sociocultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Physical/Evolutionary Anthropology, and Ethnography. There are so many subgroups and focuses so I truly feel that it is the major for me. I'd also like to explore Mythology, Ethnology, and the connections between culture and food. I want to learn everything that I possibly can. Most of all I want to study humanity and hopefully find answers to some of life's biggest questions. After pursuing higher education I hope to accomplish many things, most of all I hope to have a stable career where I get to do what I love every day. There are so many important connections between culture and mental health, so mostly I hope to help play a part in the destigmatization of developmental and intellectual disorders and mental illness. I hope to put my degree to good use and explore different cultures and communities, eventually conducting a study to research the effects of things like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder on different groups of people. Something that spans across cultures and gender-based stereotypes and helps remove the stigma of being neurodivergent.
      GUTS- Olivia Rodrigo Fan Scholarship
      A lyric from Olivia Rodrigo's GUTS that resonates with me is from "ballad of a homeschooled girl" where Olivia sings "I'm on the outside of the greatest inside joke." Growing up as someone who was not only homeschooled all her life but also neurodivergent, too often I felt that I had missed out on some unspoken social rulebook that I didn't understand. The lyric captures the essence of adolescence and the challenges that come with it by highlighting how it feels to be the odd one out. Since we were young, we were told that adolescence is all about finding your group of friends and carving out your place in the world in which you belong. But once you reach adolescence and you are right in the middle of this period in your life, it can be hard to find yourself and to get along with others. This is especially true if you were homeschooled like me and you never properly learned socialization skills. As you grow older and you start venturing out, you begin to feel this difference and you begin to question if something is fundamentally wrong with you. Like no matter how hard you try, you will never understand how other people appear to socialize and interact with their peers so effortlessly. This lyric captures the feeling of not being good enough and highlights how it seems you can never find the right words to say. It captures the feeling not only of not being understood but also of not understanding other people. The lyrics shed light on how it feels to see everyone around you with their designated groups and simply you're just alone. The rest of the song does an amazing job of capturing the essence of adolescence as well. Some challenges that the song mentions are laughing at the wrong time and googling how to flirt. As someone who never quite understands social cues I feel so seen by these lyrics. Going through your adolescence and being homeschooled can be tough, it almost feels as if socially, you're inept. This can be difficult to navigate, especially if you don't have many friends. And since we teenagers usually make friends at school, being homeschooled often entails being lonely. That's where the lack of social knowledge comes from. Not being well-versed socially promises embarrassment, which is a key factor of adolescence. There is always a pressure to fit in, and you feel that pressure the most when all you can seem to do is stand out.
      Diverse Abilities Scholarship
      I remember my Mom telling me she had wanted to be a Social Worker when she was in college. I never knew what I wanted my career to be, but I always knew it would be something related to the social sciences. My dream job is to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or an LCSW. What that looks like for me is majoring in Family and Human Development to closely examine the connection between society and the relationships that we possess as humans. And to assess the impact of society on children and families. This would help me gain a deeper understanding of the complicated and nuanced dynamics of human relationships, especially within communities. I wish to obtain a Masters degree in Social Work as well. I want to be a therapist who can help people navigate the oppressive systems that we live under. What that looks like for me is being a therapist who is well-versed in several different techniques and approaches. Someone who is trauma-informed and culturally responsive. It looks like helping others facilitate their own healing and work through negative cycles and generational trauma. I wish to help people grow and to make our world a better place one person at a time. Qualities that are important to me in a career are teamwork, a willingness to learn (from the people around me), adaptability, problem-solving, critical thinking, and integrity. It is important to me that I enjoy my job and that I go home every day knowing that I helped someone the best I could that day. I want to work with people who know how to be in community with others, people who you can depend on and who you know will approach their job or practice with an honest and determined outlook. Social Workers are integral to how people understand themselves, whether it be their identity, place in society, or interpersonal relationships. Therefore, the qualities that matter the most to me in a job (no matter what you may be doing) are compassion, ethics, patience, curiosity, and communication. These qualities will affect my career search by encouraging me to find a place to work where I can do my best every day and be around like-minded, hardworking people. I think it will impact it by helping me weigh the pros and cons of a potential job and choose a career or job that fits me and who I am as a person. Furthermore, these qualities will remind me of what I stand for and they will motivate me to find a career where I am able to demonstrate them in everything I do.
      Marian Haley Memorial Scholarship
      I'm Biracial, my Mom is Black, and my Dad is White. I'm also a woman. People with many of the same identities as me were not allowed to pursue education throughout history. I value education even more due to this fact, and I remind myself every day that I am lucky I can learn and grow. It is a privilege that I do not take for granted. My Great-Grandmother Pearl was a Black Woman born in Shelby, Mississippi, in 1931. I remember my late Mother telling me that Pearl had to drop out of Middle School so she could help with her siblings and get a job to take care of the family. She never made it past the sixth grade. When I was in the sixth grade, I thought about this every day, and I felt immense gratitude that my education provided me with opportunities that so many of my ancestors before me were denied. Pearl had to drop out because of the limited resources available to her. The only way we can improve situations like hers is through education itself. The transition from being homeschooled by my Mom my whole life to attending a preparatory academy for my Freshman year of high school was challenging. But through all my adversity, I learned a crucial lesson: never stop working on improvement. I have since gotten a much better handle on my learning process. Education, to me, means freedom. When you constantly learn, everything you think you know goes out the window. You make discoveries that can change your life, others' lives, or even the world. Education means having the necessary knowledge and the correct tools to dismantle the systems around us that are no longer working. Education means advancement, advancement of the mind, advancement of knowledge, and improvement of the world around us. Knowledge is power. That's why it has systemically been less accessible to people like my Great-Grandma. Ironically, education is what helps us change that. If we seek to avoid repeating the same mistakes, we must know our past, for we can't know where we're going if we don't know where we came from. Education means change; it equips you with the necessary resources to learn about your privilege and how to use it for positive action. It is leveling the racial playing field and providing marginalized people with the knowledge they have historically been denied. Education means an opportunity to improve your life. By making education accessible to all, we guarantee a bright future for those after us and work towards the end of oppression for those who face adversity every day. My biggest life goal is to never stop learning. I want to be a Social Worker to learn even more about the systems around me and commit my time to helping others navigate the effects those systems have had on their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. I want to travel and see the world. Two other life goals are to learn about different cultures and to learn exciting new languages. I want to build a community and provide a space for healing and love for people to feel welcome within. I wish to excel at my academics and gain the tools to encourage meaningful change. I want to significantly impact people's lives and leave a lasting positive impact.