Catto Scholar Blog - Dayanna Shomo

Hello, my name is Dayanna but I prefer to go by my last name Shomo. I am from the West Oak Lane area of Philadelphia. I graduated last summer from George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, also known as HSES.  
I choose to attend Community College of Philadelphia simply because it was more affordable and understanding that we receive the same quality of education as many of the other four-year schools here in Philadelphia. Also, past family members have either gotten a degree here or used the transfer program here at CCP, so CCP was always going to be the first choice for me. I am studying Communications as a way to continue my work with nonprofits. 
The Catto Scholarship actually reached out to me during the summer of 2021 for the Fall semester telling me I was eligible. I loved this about the scholarship. I already knew I was going to have to apply for scholarships, but it was nice to see that one proactively reached out to me and let me know that I was eligible. 
I think one of the benefits of this scholarship is having an advisor that I can go to with questions not just about the scholarship, but the school itself. This was great for my first semester here. To me, being a Catto Scholar is understanding the importance of not being too prideful to ask for help or to seek out help with learning. There is always someone you can talk to and connect with to help you along your journey here at CCP.