We Are Quest

ashley_land_post_1Every time I reminisce about the moment I became a Quest Finalist I tear up because it was one of the best moments of my life. One of the reasons that moment was so special is because I knew I was going to become a part of something big and beautiful, something also known as the Quest Scholars Network. For this blog post I was tasked to answer the question of what I like most about the QSN community, but honestly there was no way I could just come up with one answer. The problem is the QSN community is so diverse and has an array of adjectives that could be used to describe it because it is that unique. This means I get to cheat a little. I get to answer this question by giving my top four favorite things I love about the QSN community:

4. We are Driven.
The only way to become a member of the Quest community is to have the drive to go for what you want. We are all driven to learn, driven to become somebody successful, and driven to reach our goals and make our dreams realities.

3. We are Humble.
Questies are some of the nicest people I know. We know that each amazing experience we have should not be taken for granted. We have had enough shortcomings in our lives to know that we can only be grateful for the good times.

2. We Give Back.
Questies not only want to succeed in life and exceed expectations but they want others to do so as well. It is not uncommon to hear of a Questie mentoring a student in their community, editing college essays for potential Questies, or tutoring students in an after school program. We love to give back because we know how it feels to not have as many resources as others, or to maybe not have a consistent support system. We want to be leaders that shape our communities.

1. We are Obstacle Slayers.
If you thought dragons were hard to slay, then you were wrong. I have heard so many stories of Questies being thrown every obstacle in the book on their road to success. Unfortunately for the obstacles, we are some tough cookies. We fight for everything we want and never give. Nothing is simply handed to a Questie, We always put our all into everything we do. Being low-income or first-generation are just words that can be used to describe our situations, but they do not define who we are.

Questies are driven, humble, hard-workers, leaders, volunteers, intelligent, and a plethora of other adjectives. We cannot be defined by just one thing. I am proud to call myself a Quest Scholar and am proud to be a part of the lovely Quest community.

Ashley Land, Quest Scholar, Pomona ’16