At age 13, I lost my grandmother to heart disease who was the sole caretaker of me at the time, I never knew my dad, and my mother was a drug addict. After my grandmother died, my sisters and I were living in my mom's house with no water, heat, or electricity for months due to her drug use. We ran out of the house when she tried to murder us one night with a meat cleaver.
My sisters and I were separated when some of them joined their father’s side of the family while I ended up homeless sleeping in cars and homeless shelters in Washington, D.C. Some of my sisters went to live with their father’s family while I ended up homeless, sleeping in cars and homeless shelters in Washington, D.C.
I wanted to go to high school so bad but could not because I needed to feed and clothe myself at such a young age so I enrolled into a G.E.D. program at age 16 so that I can have time to work at Starbucks during the day and Ruby Tuesdays during the night and still go to school. After I earned my G.E.D., I stayed up until three and four in the morning teaching myself algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, functions, and geometry on the computer from watching YouTube videos and had tutors come out to the shelter to help me prepare for the SAT/ACT’s. In 2008, I got accepted into college and spent 4-6 hours a day in the library studying ahead of the syllabi and earned a 4.0 GPA my freshmen year.
I interned for the Mayor of Washington, D.C., Adrian Fenty, where he and President Obama performed several initiatives together which I was able to see first-hand and served as a guest speaker at the British Embassy. The United States of America recognized me and 14 other homeless students in America for our courageous efforts of drafting a Homeless Youth Act to Congress before receiving awards from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. I was inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society and was on the President’s and Dean's List since freshmen year. Out of all political science majors at my University, I won the department award. I served three years in the Student Government Association and was elected Student Body President of the college my junior year.
On May 5th 2013, I graduated with Great Honors (Magna Cum Laude), in the top percentile of my graduating class, and I am now aspiring to become a Lawyer.
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