School has never came easy for me. I’ve always barely scraped by, and went on to the next grade, when I started college that all changed. I didn’t care about going, I would lie to my parents about class, I ended up getting a placed on academic probation, and eventually suspension. All it took was someone to encourage me, and believe in me, because I didn’t believe in myself. It took me three years to complete my associates in arts degree, but I did it. I had some very special teachers who believed in me at JCTC. I graduated in the spring of 2016, and the day before I was going to walk for graduation I got the call I had waited for. I was accepted into the Kent school!!!!!! Being a social worker has always been my dream, and it seemed so far fetched until now. “She believed she could, so she did.”
I am a first generation college graduate, my father attended UofL but never graduated and transferred to a trade school. My mother has her GED. My parents are foster parents, having adopted nine children, I wanted to be someone my adopted siblings could look up to and inspire them to be better students. As a first generation college student, I am now able to help my younger adopted siblings with information about college. My advice to other first gen students, ask for help. May it be a fellow classmate, professor, or an advisor, ask someone if you need help, as everyone I have encountered on campus is always willing to help.
My greatest challenge was believing in myself, I never thought I was smart enough to attend and thrive at any college. Now I just finished my first semester of the upper division program of The Kent School, and I take such pride in my grades. The current lesson that I would give others would be to believe in yourself. My father has always told me, anything you set your mind to, you can do it. Those are the words that I live by.
Growing up I barrel raced, I was always gone to horse shows on the weekends. Horses are such a huge part of my life still today. Barrel Racing was a family thing, my grandfather, my mother, and myself all barrel raced. Due to college I am not able to ride my horses like I would like, but I know they will be there when I am finished and graduated.
What makes me extraordinary? I would have to say my kind, caring personality. I always put others above myself, and am always willing to help everyone.
My parents are absolutely amazing, they are my biggest supporters as is my longtime boyfriend, Matt.