Although my time in foster care was short in comparison to others—I was equally as affected by the experience. I was removed from my dysfunctional family at the young age of eight and placed with a loving, considerate foster family with whom I am still in contact with today. My foster family contributed significantly to my character, exploring my aspirations and finding my own voice. During my time in foster care, I sought out to foster meaningful and positive relationships with both of my parents to which I still have and cherish today.  After being returned to my biological father, I was able to live out my adolescence in a stable environment where I could grow and dedicate myself to my education.  My father always reminded me to give 110% to everything I do and I did just that.

I concluded high school with a 4.3 GPA and a full ride scholarship to Colorado Mesa University. In my studies at CMU, I chose a career path in which I could give back to the system that so graciously helped me. I chose Counseling Psychology with a minor in Business Administration so I am armed with the skills to perhaps open my own practice. This past December I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my Bachelor’s degree.  I aspire to pursue higher education and receive a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology to practice in Colorado. Ideally, I would like to help other children and young adults navigate the trails associated with life. I have high hopes for my future and those that I can impact along the way—all of which has stemmed from my experiences in foster care and after.