Total loan: $7,500
Windsor Mill, MD, United States / Education
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As a teen growing up in inner-city Philadelphia, I always saw academics as my way out. I did well in school, had a great social life, yet still, that wasn't enough. Throughout high school, college and even as a young professional, no matter how successful I became, I never felt good enough. Like many, I secretly suffered from depression, mostly due to trauma I experienced as a child, but also because everywhere I turned, society was set up to make me feel that I should have been doing more. When I became a mom 22 years ago, I discovered just how precious life was and decided that I never wanted my children, or any child, to experience those feelings of emptiness, so I embarked on a journey of spiritual immersion and self-fulfillment, moved my family abroad and fell in love with culture and teaching. It was then that I learned success for everyone looks different and shouldn't be pursued at the expense of one's happiness. With this in mind, I was finally able to identify my personal values and strengths which made me truly unique. I became more confident as a mother, teacher and all around human being, and developed a passion for helping students discover the same for themselves, which I did. Over the course of more than a decade, I’ve worked with students and families, helping them build confidence and reach academic and personal goals they never thought possible. I did this by not only helping them improve their skills, but also their mindset. I want to show today’s teens, our next generation of leaders, that they can be successful academically, and at the same time, be happy and fulfilled. My goal is to share that message with as many teens and parents as possible.