From Addicted to Educated
Achieving a higher education has always been highly valued in my family and growing up around educators made it an even more important goal. I flew through K-12 with no problem, but once I started college, I found myself around people that had different priorities than I did and I let my education fall by the wayside. Partying and friends became more important than life goals and starting my career path and that did me no justice at all. At the end of the party, I was left with a raging heroin addiction and the loss of the life I once had. I am one of the few, but fortunate, people to have a strong support system who helped me limp along through detox and initial recovery until I was strong and confident enough to manage my addiction more on my own. My parents drove me to a rehab facility on June 3, 2009 and that was the day that changed my life. When I look back at that time in my life and about how far I have come since I was that drug addict wandering the streets, I am my own inspiration. Almost 11 years later, I have created a beautiful life for myself with 2 beautiful daughters, an amazing relationship with my parents and a successful career that I can see myself continuing in for the rest of my working days. After being in my career now for about 3 years, I am excited to start my academic journey and see what doors that will open for the future of me and my girls.