“After graduation, I applied to over 25 colleges, got accepted to every one of them, and just over half offered me scholarships. During my freshman year at UT Martin, my mom lost her job and my dad passed away, so all of my financial support was gone. My mom couldn’t afford to send me to college, she couldn’t afford any dorm supplies, school supplies, or transportation for me to go up the highway, but I still had the mind to go. Donations came pouring in from the community and my church family, and God worked everything out. I'm really not sure how I did it, but I did. I’m 21 years old and a first generation college graduate! Despite the odds and the struggles, I managed to keep my head in the books, made Dean's List every semester, completed my degree in three years, and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work in December 2015.
“I’m working full-time with troubled youth now, getting established in a career, looking for an affordable apartment and a car, and thinking about pursuing more education. I want to use my degree to help individuals see their full potential the way I did. Hardship is all I know, so I’m ready for that challenge. I'm pretty sure I'll find the strength to keep going!”