When I was growing up, I hated school. My mom passed away when I was three years old and my dad wasn’t around much. There was no one around to make me go to school. I didn’t stay at any single school for a long period of time. I got kicked out of most schools and kept moving around. I was doing independent studies, but I didn’t like that either.
I was in high school and had two children. It was a scary time for me and I didn’t really know how to be a mother. My boyfriend and I didn’t have a great relationship. My kids really gave me the motivation I needed to get through school. I realized I couldn’t play games anymore. I needed to graduate high school so I could get a job. I decided that I needed to go to school for my kids. How could I tell them to go to school when they were older, if I hadn’t even gone to school? I knew that I needed to be a better role model for them and I needed to have a good job to be able to provide for them. My boyfriend found out about the Homeboy Charter School and he told me I should apply at Homeboy Industries. I started in Maintenance first and then started working at Homegirl Café in March. I like working at Homegirl Café. It’s a good place to be and I’ve gotten a lot of support.
Now that I’ve gotten my high school diploma, I want to go on to college. I’ve wanted to be a coroner since I was little. I want to study bodies and determine their cause of death. I’m going to do my general ed classes at Trade Tech and then transfer to a university to finish my degree.