On the Way to Fulfilling a Dream

Photo by  Rodion Kutsaev  on  Unsplash   Macro photography of water and sunflower oil in different variations

Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash
Macro photography of water and sunflower oil in different variations

I broke the cycle. I became the first member of my family to get my high school diploma. NO one in my family - mother, father, sister, brother, uncles, aunts, cousins or grandparents - ever earned their high school diploma. I did it, and now I’m heading to college.

I was an A student until I reached high school. At that time my mother stopped caring about my siblings and me and started using drugs. Without any support or encouragement, I struggled to stay in high school. When the principal told me I would stay back in 9th grade, mostly because I was skipping classes every day, I dropped out.

That terrible decision lead to many more. I followed in my mother’s footsteps and at 18 became an addict myself. I hit rock bottom when I delivered my first child while using and social services took him from me.

From there I got clean and started to make better decisions. Although I tried different GED classes before, it either wasn't the right time or something else tragic was happening to me. At the age of 32, I found RIRAL and enrolled in classes.

Although my past has shaped my life, I refused to let it define who I am and who I will become. With my high school diploma in hand, I am enrolled at CCRI and am on the way to fulfilling my dream of becoming a nurse practitioner by the year 2025. My children are proud of me and now understand the importance of staying in school.

I am grateful for the support I received at RIRAL. The teachers and staff have helped me achieve what I thought I couldn't. My life and the lives of my children have changed. The cycle has been broken!

-Sandra