Creating Destiny, One Stride at a Time
Destiny Garcia ’14 knows that she will do something great. As a fourth-year mechanical engineering student, a woman of color and the first person in her family to attend college, she understands what it’s like to overcome obstacles. “I don’t give up. With a name like Destiny, I feel like I have a destiny. I could have had any name.”
Garcia has always been driven to succeed, and with her parents support, she took the first step in achieving her dream of going to college by applying to UC Davis.
Garcia has had to rely on scholarships to assist her with tuition and books. In 2012, she was awarded the ASUCD Endowment Fund award, which is a scholarship awarded by student leaders of the Associated Students, University of California, Davis. Although Garcia was nervous about submitting her application and personal story, she is grateful for the financial and moral support her peers gave her through this award.
“Knowing that my story was important to other students made me feel pretty proud,” Garcia said.
To support the cause that supported her, Destiny ran in UC Davis’ first 5k Stride for Aggie Pride race. The fundraising foot race, which was held at the UC Davis campus on April 7, raised money for ASUCD scholarships and emergency funding for students in need through We Are Aggie Pride. Garcia hopes that the race will have built more awareness among students, faculty and staff about what ASUCD and philanthropic support are doing for UC Davis.
“I hope people understand that this race is for scholarships to support other UC Davis students,” Garcia said. “Maybe it will turn into something bigger.”
Garcia hopes that one day she will have the opportunity to give back and have her own scholarship, which she aptly has plans to name the “Destiny Scholarship.”
“I just want to give to someone as ordinary as me. Even if they don’t think they are capable of achieving something like receiving a scholarship, I want them to know that they are,” Garcia said. “I want to support others as they’ve supported me.”