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Signing up for the Family and Consumer Sciences Program changed my life, literally.

I joined Family, Career and Community Leaders of America my freshman year and it changed my life completely. All of my success in my leadership and community involvement are thanks to what I learned in FCS and FCCLA. The interpersonal skills, professional development, and critical thinking formed me as a student leader. Along with what I learned, being involved in the community gave me the ability to speak, and connect with different people. All of those aspects created multiple pivotal moments in my life. I listed a few below:

1. The day I became a Daniels Fund Scholar. My life will forever be changed thanks to the financial support I earned through this scholarship and graduating with no student debt. This financial stability over the years has proven to be life-changing.

2. My favorite pivotal moment was giving a speech about CTE to our Colorado legislation and meeting a Colorado School of Mines admissions officer right before speaking. She and I connected and the following week we were emailing about my admissions, contingent if I could pass a summer program because my ACT score was lower than average. I truly saw the power of networking and being authentic and next fall I started my college career at Colorado School of Mines.

3. My Mines experience. As a first-generation student, I was not prepared for everything in college, but still got involved on campus that I handled well thanks to the confidence FCCLA and FCS gave me. I joined the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and I served as the Vice President and Community Outreach chair. I traveled with our chapter and continued to forge a path of leadership and community.

4. After graduating from Mines with a BS in Mechanical Engineering I joined my current company. I have achieved advancing my career in a short period. Everything FCCLA taught me (interpersonal skills, professional development, critical thinking) I’ve been perfecting over the years and it has served me well because it is the one thing I am noticed for as a young leader in my company. FCCLA and FCS formed me as a leader and a student, but most importantly as an individual to have more confidence in pursuing my dreams.

Brittany Sandoval, Northglenn High School 2012

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