Pathways for the Future

Meet Dayana Vega, a 2020 Pathways for the Future scholar

Pathways for the Future (PFF): Creating Tomorrow’s Workforce is a forward-thinking education and career development program that equips learners with the knowledge, mindset, and skills necessary for life and work in the 21st century.   PFF is a collaboration with Arizona State University and State Farm. The program takes a personalized and comprehensive approach to 21st century higher education.   It’s not simply about learning a set of skills, such as computer programming, but is an active and adaptive learning mindset. Creating connections – with other students, faculty, peer mentors, future employers, and the community – will be essential to empowering lifelong learning.

Dayana Vega is a first-generation college student that has always understood the importance of learning and obtaining higher education. She is committed to succeed and is in pursuit of her dream career. “I’ve always wanted to make a difference in the community in a tangible way and I know that with a strong work ethic and self-belief, I can make my dream a reality.”

Dayana completed her community college coursework at Glendale Community College and was beyond grateful that the Maricopa to ASU pathways program was available. This program provided a smoother transition to university and helped Dayana feel a part of the ASU community while attending community college. “I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to transfer my college credits towards my bachelor’s degree at ASU. I knew I was becoming a Sun Devil the minute I graduated from my high school.”    


Dayana is thankful for the resources and opportunities offered at Arizona State University. There have been several career guidance professionals, professors, and staff members that have inspired her to pursue higher education and in continuous personal development. “My organization and management leadership professor, Dr. Christopher Neck (pictured) helped make my transition to ASU amazing. He has a great sense of humor, is smart, understanding, and compassionate. His course teaches me how to think in abstract ways and to focus on the importance of leadership.”  


Dayana plans to earn her bachelor’s degree in finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business in May 2022. She would love to contribute for the betterment of the community by building her own company and by providing job opportunities and a scholarship fund. “I am becoming a well-rounded individual in my personal, professional, and academic life. I am honored to be a Sun Devil. “ 

Her advice to new transfer students is, “Take advantage of the free resources at ASU! Go to the career events in the fall, attend tutoring, and reach out to a career coach, academic advisor or anyone in the ASU community. You are not alone on this journey and remember to live and enjoy every moment of your ASU experience. You got this! I believe in you.” To learn more about the program visit

To access popular first-year college courses, register in the Pathways for the Future portal.   To become a 2021 scholar, apply for the certificate seeking scholarship or the degree seeking scholarship.  


Dayana Vega

Dayana Vega 
2020 Pathways for the Future scholar