November 24, 2017

National Catholic Youth Conference 2017

‘I hope God gives me the power to persevere’

Gabriella CampuzanoIn one moment, Gabriella Campuzano radiates joy as she poses for a photo with her fellow youth group members from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles—all of them wearing fluffy, white halos representing the “City of Angels.”

In the next moment, the smile of the 17-year-old high school senior gives way to a nervous look as she talks about her future—and her desire to attend college in New York City.

“When I came to NCYC in 2015, it was a life-altering experience,” she says. “I want to have that same spiritual connection that I felt two years ago because I’m looking to start the next chapter of my life, to go off to college.

“I’m hoping that throughout these conferences of the Church, it will shape all my views and attitudes going into college—because I know it will be a confusing and challenging time.

“I’m nervous. I hope God gives me the power to persevere through the tough times. And I hope he helps me understand he has a plan for me, because I want to follow his plan.”

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