“Attending the Summer Collegiate Experience for me was a beneficial experience where I was able to learn and grow as a UW student, while collecting new insights, opportunities, and resources to guide me through my undergraduate years. As a Center for Academic Excellence Scholar I have gained appreciation for both SCE and the CAE program in that it has provided me with a home away from home and a network of trained professionals and peers to turn to when I am in need of a little help whether it be socially, academically, and/or emotionally. Upon my acceptance to the University of Wisconsin – Madison, I never would have imagined the opportunities that both SCE and CAE would have offered me (i.e. academic advising, career advising, peer learning, employment). Lastly, I would like to thank the Shinners Family for believing in first generational and multicultural students like myself and alleviating the financial burden that is often associated with college attendance. Scholarships like these often go unrecognized; however without the financial help from this scholarship I am confident I would not be as far as I am today. Thank you, Shinners Family for everything you do and making me one step closer to towards my dream of becoming an Occupational Therapist.”