Clau Diah Buenconsejo joined Minds Matter DC in its inaugural year as one of only five sophomores from a competitive pool of applicants. She indicated a strong interest in psychology, medicine, and creative writing. Throughout the course of her first year with Minds Matter, she worked diligently with her mentors and instructors to improve her SAT scores and determine which summer programs she wanted to attend. Ultimately, she chose to attend a summer program focused on medicine and psychology.
Clau Diah continued on at Minds Matter into her junior year, which proved to be a stressful period balancing the SAT, AP classes, extracurriculars, an evening job, and starting the college search and application process. Nevertheless, she persevered and learned to manage her time and activities effectively. She always came to session with a positive attitude and ready to tackle a long “to-do” list. For her junior year summer program, she decided to explore creative writing and attended an Emerging Young Writers program at Stanford University. During her summer programs, she met other aspiring students and learned about the rigors of college while becoming more comfortable with life on a university campus.
Due to her outstanding academic achievement, Clau Diah was accepted into George Washington University and offered merit and needs-based scholarships set to fully cover the cost of her attendance. She credits Minds Matter with helping to make this possible, remarking, “Minds Matter helps a lot in preparing to be college ready, improving time management, and juggling many activities at once, like work, studies, and extracurriculars.