Illinois Valley High School
Lesley University, Cambridge MA
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Dance Movement Therapy
College Dream impact: I started in College Dreams when my mother was not doing well. She suffered from mental health issues and this was the time I started living with my grandfather off and on. My grades went from a GPA of 2.9 to a 3.9 in the process of a year when my mother went away, and I started living with my grandfather full time. College Dreams gave me a way to be around others who wanted to better their life, in a town where many people did not care whether they even graduated High School. Honestly, without the support of College Dreams and my grandfather pushing me to be the best I could be I would not have made it this far.
I went from a disruptive, inconsiderate, troubled child to the straight A student; except in math… I joined passages through College Dreams which was a group of young woman who talked about what they went through in life and supported each other. The group went on a trip to a zipline located in Oregon, and it was on this trip that I discovered I could push through barriers. I remember a moment when I was standing on to of a moving pole and was told to jump and grab a triangular shaped apparatus on the other side, I freaked out and almost did not do it, but when I did I found my inner strength.
Now in life I do get down every occasionally, but I remember this moment and whenever I feel scared to jump, I do it anyway. I get very nervous when it comes to new things especially starting graduate school, because it is so expensive, but I remember the times in College Dreams and this makes me keep going. I thank College Dreams for being there when I needed them the most.