Students remain within one setting for a long period of time, then it suddenly stops and they are now in a more adult, realistic academic and social situation. Some students engage in activities that are stereotypical of the “college experience” and some embrace the change and opportunity to become diverse.
My story is unique in that I may not have experienced any life challenging obstacles or major adversity; however I represent the group of people that fly under the radar and show we can be something. People have taken me under their “wing” during my time at Raritan Valley Community College and at Ramapo College and have allowed me to develop my potential. Separating oneself from those who downplay your potential and don’t understand when enough is enough is vital. Individuals possess the opportunity to develop friendships, confidence, work experience and most importantly, the chance to learn!
I’ve been afforded this through my work of giving back as a resident assistant, student ambassador, orientation leader, and peer educator. My role as a campus leader was solely to build my confidence and give back as a voice for the voiceless. This scholarship will allow me to continue my graduate education at Rider University, making me one step closer to entering a career within higher education, which will permit me the chance to help more students. I am the product of a person’s belief and I want to be that for others!