Growing up for me was anything but easy. Living in poverty in a single parent household with substance abuse issues meant that I had to learn at a young age to take care of myself. Cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping - I could do those blindfolded before I was ten. But college? It wasn’t exactly something on the radar until much later in life.
But once I knew what college could mean and the doors it would open, I made it my mission to go. Mid-way through my senior year in high school I moved out and started a new life. I started attending classes at the local community college and met a wonderful woman named Alyssa who took a chance on a painfully shy girl and gave her a job as a tutor. Alyssa, as well as the rest of the staff and tutors, became my family during my time at the tutoring center. They helped me to understand how to be a college student and nurture my love of higher education. Eventually, after taking the long road through my associates degree, I ended up at Washington State University where I completed my bachelor’s degree in public affairs.
The day I graduated was one of the proudest days of my life. For me graduating from college was not only about the degree itself, but also what it represented and the opportunities it provided access to. Walking across the stage that day meant the culmination of a lifetime of insatiable curiosity and perseverance.
In the end my college journey involved three colleges, two degrees, seven years, lots of laughs and plenty of coffee. It also included the conviction that through hard work, resilience, and the belief in oneself a person can accomplish the extraordinary.
Q: WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT COLLEGE RE-ENROLLMENT?
The most inspiring part about what we do at ReUp is to facilitate second chances. There are a million reasons why someone may need to take a break from school, but at the end of the day coming back means a fresh attempt to finish what was started. Everyone deserves a second, third, or fourth chance and as a Success Coach I am eminently proud to be a part of that conversation.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be” - Dumbledore
Q: WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR STUDENTS CONSIDERING RE-ENROLLING?
Ask questions and take the time to consider what held you back the first time and how you’ll get past it this time around. Whether it was academic, health related, a family situation, or something else there is a powerful lesson there to be learned. As a ReUp Success Coach, I’m here to answer your questions, be your champion, and work with you to ensure your continued success and I can’t wait to meet you!