Supported by scholarships, Daniel Arreola ’15 can be a leader for the future.
Daniel Arreola ’15 is driven.
He is the first member of his family to attend college — a goal that Arreola’s parents instilled in him since he was in elementary school. He also is committed to a career as a high-level public official.
“I want to be a Senator someday or maybe Governor,” said Arreola, who was among the top 10 of his graduating class at Grant Union High School and served as student body president. “UC Davis is just the beginning of me reaching my goal to be successful in life.”
Arreola became interested in pursuing a career in politics after participating in the University of California Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at the state Capital during his junior year of high school. As part of that program, Arreola learned about the state’s budget crises from the Republican and Democratic perspectives. Additionally, he had the opportunity to lobby to his district representatives for support of the EAOP by explaining what an important influence it had had on him personally.
That experienced changed his life and motivated him to pursue a degree in political science at UC Davis, he said.
“I chose UC Davis because it is an outstanding school academically and it’s close to the Capital,” said Arreola. “Everyone here is very serious about their education and that motivates me to work even harder at my own classes.”
Another source of motivation for Arreola is being the recipient of the 2011-12 UC Davis Chancellor’s Achievement Award—a merit-based scholarship award that is supported by gifts to the UC Davis Annual Fund.
“I’m really grateful for this scholarship. It will make a huge difference for me,” he said. “I hope people continue to donate to UC Davis because it benefits the students so much. It’s a good way to invest in the future of California.”