“School, then work, then school, then work.”
I’ve been working since I was 14 because my mom is a single mom and she could not afford other expenses besides school. It’s been hard but it’s made me who I am today and it’s kept me strong. It’s taught me lots of lessons.
It’s very important for me not to follow stereotypes. I’m Latina. Growing up in the ghetto. I live in the projects and everyone expects you to fail, no one expects you to succeed, no one expects you to go to college.
I’ve been in school since 2004. First Dominican college—but I ran out of money. I took a semester off to work and then pay for the next semester in school. I started attending Boricua College, but most of my credits wouldn’t transfer. I was a 25-year-old freshman!
Then—I got the scholarship. It’s been a true blessing. It’s so nice to have somebody believe in you and trust you and know that they have a little faith in you. And now—I cant just do it for myself, I have to do it for the scholarship. I have to make these people proud. I graduate in the spring. I’m going to start student teaching. I want people to look at me and say, wow, she accomplished a lot. She came from nothing and did a lot for herself.