Hello! My name is Jailene Sanchez, and I am a 19-year-old rising sophomore at DePaul University majoring in Cybersecurity and minoring in Computer Science. This summer, I’m working at Chicago Scholars as a Data Solutions Intern.
While searching for an internship, I had the pleasure of speaking with Deshauna, who introduced me to the Emerge Program. I prepared a lot for the interview process, and when I got accepted, I was happy! When I shared the news with my family, we all screamed and jumped around in excitement, as it is an opportunity to learn, grow, and network with people who share similar values. As soon as I stepped into the Chicago Scholars office, it felt like I had found a second home. Whenever I spoke to someone, they warmly welcomed me with open arms, and their unique qualities were simply incomparable.
I always viewed myself as someone willing to learn anything. I am naturally curious and never hesitate to ask questions as I work towards achieving my goals. I am most excited about a project I might work on with Daniel Rossi, because it would relate to my major. I am eager to hopefully work on this project and see what I can learn from it!
Reflecting on the relationships I’ve built with my co-workers at Chicago Scholars fills me with immense pride and gratitude, as they have become a part of my life and journey through college. I cherish every second of our time together, whether it involves exchanging experiences, engaging in meaningful discussions, or simply enjoying each other’s presence. I want to take a moment to give a special shout-out to everyone at Chicago Scholars. I am truly grateful for your kindness, support, and unwavering commitment to helping me achieve my goals. Thank you for being a consistent source of inspiration in my life.