Ana Saenz, Class of 2020
Ana Saenz has always had a plan for her future. Her whole life she dreamed of becoming a large animal veterinarian, and would let nothing stand in her way: not even struggles at school. After a challenging semester at Grand Valley, Ana committed to improving her grades, and enrolled in the Laker Strategies for Success Program.
“In the Laker Strategies for Success Program, they calmly told us to take our studies more seriously,” Ana says. “I think I needed to hear it; you can’t take your time at Grand Valley for granted.”
The Laker Strategies for Success Program helps students get back on track academically by having them practice skills like time management, goal setting, test strategies, and more.
“I would like my Laker Effect to be building hope for students; Grand Valley gave me the hope that being a veterinarian is something I want to do, and something I can do.”
“The biggest thing for me was time management,” Ana says. “You’re going head-first from high school to freshman year of college, and you have no idea how to manage your time. Once I learned to get a routine down, I started doing well in my classes.”
Committed to student success, the PNC Foundation generously supports the Laker Strategies for Success Program, and makes it possible for students like Ana to get a fresh start.
“I would like to say thank you to the PNC Foundation,” Ana says. “If it wasn’t for the program, and for the foundation, I would be really behind in my classes, which I need for veterinary school.”
The PNC Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that enhance education and enrich the lives of those they serve. The foundation’s generosity has impacted many different areas at Grand Valley, including the Laker Strategies for Success Program.
“The program teaches you things like writing down a routine, and taking more notes than usual,” Ana says. “It showed me how to get a more in-depth understanding of what I learn.”
Inspired by the impact of the Laker Strategies for Success Program on her life, Ana aspires to show fellow Lakers that they are capable of achieving their own goals.
“I would like my Laker Effect to be building hope for students,” she says. “As a freshman, I had no idea what to expect, and I wasn’t even sure about becoming a veterinarian. Grand Valley gave me the hope that being a veterinarian is something I want to do, and something I can do.”
For decades, the PNC Foundation has maintained a strong partnership with Grand Valley. The foundation’s passion for education and philanthropy has resulted in support that benefits Grand Valley students, and fulfills the foundation’s mission of forming partnerships that enhance educational opportunities. The Laker Strategies for Success program, along with other student success programs such as the Academic Recovery Camp and the Student Textbook and Supplies Fund, are just a few examples of the ways the foundation helps students succeed. The Laker Strategies for Success Program fosters the development of academic resiliency through a supportive community which teaches academic strategies and encourages a growth-mindset. This approach encourages students to deal with academic and personal challenges from a perspective of empowerment and personal choice. With the help of the PNC Foundation, Grand Valley students will continue to be inspired to excel academically, professionally, and personally.
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