Meet Our Summer Associates: Harpreet Kaur Chhina
Harpreet Kaur Chhina attended Diablo Valley College as a college freshman and will attend the University of Southern California in the fall. A graduate of Making Waves Academy, she intends to major in Business Administration at USC.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Is there anything in particular that motivates you as you go through college and prepare yourself for a career?
A: My immigrant parents inspire me to pursue higher education. They have always worked hard for my siblings and me, and I want to have a successful career to give back to them. Additionally, growing up in Richmond and meeting many diverse individuals has encouraged me to give back to my community.
Q: How has Richmond Promise played a role in your education?
A: Thanks to the Richmond Promise scholarship, I am able to pursue higher education without feeling weighed down by the financial burden. This scholarship has allowed me to devote more time to my studies and career building.
Q: Why did you choose to be a Richmond Promise Summer Associate and what are you hoping to take from the experience?
A: I decided to become a Richmond Promise Summer Associate with the goal of giving back to my community while gaining valuable skills. My aim was to connect with like-minded individuals who share my interests and foster meaningful relationships with my peers. Through this experience, I hope to assist others and make a positive impact in my community.
Q: What do you want to contribute to Richmond and/or the world?
A: As a resident of Richmond, I have witnessed both the positive and negative aspects of life. Observing the challenges and struggles faced by others has taught me the significance of giving back to our community. My primary focus is to assist the younger generation by emphasizing the importance of further education.
Q: Can you tell us about your current college experience?
A: During my freshman year, I attended Diablo Valley College and I will be transferring to USC as a sophomore. Going to DVC has helped me transition better from high school to college-level education. I have become more independent and secure within myself. I took time to realize what I want to do. As I prepare to transfer, I am excited for my new chapter in life and look forward to a more fulfilling college experience.
Q: What are you looking forward to after receiving your bachelor’s/transferring?
A: After completing my undergraduate studies, my ultimate goal is to secure a rewarding career that affords me the opportunity to travel and immerse myself in different cultures while simultaneously giving back to society through impactful initiatives. I am eager to embark on a journey of personal and professional growth that allows me to make a positive difference in the world.