"My toughest struggle has always been finishing things in life. It seems like I always start something and then quit. For example, I'm working on getting my GED now, and it's really hard. This is my fifth time to try. I get frustrated with the math part, I feel overwhelmed and mad, and I don't want to come back. But I'm not going to quit this time. I have a lot of positive reasons to keep trying."
Shartea is taking GED classes through Hopeworks, a non-profit organization serving the under-resourced in the Memphis area. Hopeworks strives to "break the cycle of crime, addiction, and generational poverty" through education, counseling, and career training.