My name is Daniel Gomez and I’m writing to you to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support to the Blue White Scholarship Foundation. This year, I was blessed to have been awarded a scholarship, and words cannot begin to describe how grateful I am and how lucky I feel to be personally impacted by your generosity.
A little bit about myself, I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to a very small but incredibly loving family. I grew up primarily with just my mother and brother, and we would spend most of our time together at the beach, going out to eat, and exploring our little island. As for my hobbies, I’m incredibly passionate about philosophy, writing, literature, fine art, travelling, and boxing. A voracious reader, I spend most of my time reading anything I can get my hands on. Back home in Puerto Rico, whenever I get tired of reading, I then go out to exercise (preferably at the beach) and usually end up meeting with friends over food and drinks.
As for Villanova, I’m currently a senior majoring in finance at the School of Business. Whenever I’m not studying, or attending club related events (which are mostly either for the M&A Society or the Hispanic Society), I’m usually at my home having people over. As I like to say, good food and good company are the ingredients to a good life.
Regarding my career path, I’ve chosen to start off by working in the investment banking industry, where I’m currently interning at as a summer analyst in the Latin American group of a Japanese bank. Within this sector of finance, my goal is to learn as much as possible about businesses and how they revolve around money so that I can one day successfully launch my own agricultural company back in Puerto Rico, with the end goal of becoming big enough so as to export food to neighboring countries. Ultimately, however, my desire is to become governor of Puerto Rico. I’m not sure how I’ll pull it off, but for some reason, I’ve never had any doubt that I’ll be able to do it. Sounds crazy, but my gut has never failed me – fingers crossed!
Yet, my gut has never been the true reason behind my success, but rather people. I would be no one if not for the continuous love and support of the people that surround me; and, most importantly, without the generosity of others. If I’m being completely honest with you, growing up in my household was not easy. We struggled a lot with being able to afford things and so even from an early age, I’ve had to deal with many responsibilities and anxieties far beyond my maturity. That being so, we always got help. Be it family or friends, someone was always there to lend a helping hand. Therefore, I’m glad it all happened because it taught me to not only be humble, but also grateful for all the help that I get, and every single thing that I have. I am forever indebted to you.