My life isn’t easy, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’m a full-time student with a full-time, night shift job. For the first year of college, I didn’t have a car and took the bus anywhere I needed to go. But I loved every minute of those rides, because my time was my own, and I was happy with the decisions I made.
Before I started college, I was with an emotionally abusive partner who controlled my every move. He would wait for me outside of my job and if I was even a few minutes late, he made the next few hours a nightmare. I came to stay at the Women In Distress shelter, and within a week they helped me find two jobs and an apartment. I worked with an advocate for more than a year to recover from the trauma and fear I endured.
4.0 – that’s my grade point average after two years of college. It can be tough, working a full-time job on a night shift and being a full-time student, but I’m nothing if not strong and determined. The past few years have certainly proved that.
Now, I’m going to school to get my degree in psychology, with the help of scholarships from Women In Distress. With two years left to go, I’m determined to use my degree to help others.