To be or not to be? That is the question that I am asking myself these days. I am a single mother of 5. I took a risk in 2016 and left California with my five children to Denver, Colorado. Since day one It has been a fighting journey for me. The first day I arrived in Colorado I went straight to Sears in Lakewood and put in an application and had a job, I lived in a motel with my kids for about four days, until I realized I was going to run out of money a lot quicker than I thought. So, I moved my children into The Samaritan House, a shelter for families. Living in a shelter really opened my eyes to what it means to be a mother and to care for my kids. I completed the shelter and moved into my own condo; I've been living in the same place ever since. mind you I just got up and left California, without telling any family or friends I was moving states over. If I would have told anyone I would have not made it this far.
I was always told I wasn't going to be happy, successful, or great in life because I had to many kids and I come from a rough background. I am 3rd generation of drugs and prostitution. I've brought me and my kids this far and this scholarship to EGTC would mean the world for me, it would be the beginning to my career. My short team goal is to finish Emily Griffith and to be around like minded people. My long term is to become an attorney and a motivational speaker. I come from the ghetto of Fresno, California and that's just where I started but it's not where I end.
I am very honest, loving, and teachable and I can change a lot of people’s lives with my story and intelligent mind. My children are depending on me and watch my every move, I received my high school diploma at the age 25 and I know If I keep pushing the way that I have, my kids won’t give up either. I've been abandoning, mistreated, and much more horrible things but that is no excuse. To be, is what I want for me. So, with all that being said and it's not even half of my story, this scholarship would help me out a lot. If I don't get it, well you most likely see me apply again. I know the difference between giving up and letting go and giving up is not what I do.
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