My name is Chasidy Preston. Fall 2014 will be my third semester of college, not including summer courses. I’m a psychology major with a 3.8 GPA. I work very hard and am extremely committed to my education and my plans for the future. In order to fully understand the reasons behind my aspirations, I will have to provide you with a brief history of my experiences. As a child, until the age of nine, my then stepfather was highly abusive – mentally, emotionally, and physically. I’m not searching for your pity or sadness, it has made me an undeniably strong and independent person. Because of my past, and all of the things I’ve had to experience, I aspire to be a child abuse/domestic violence counselor. I plan to eventually have my own practice, in which I will help children and adults that are in an abusive situation remove themselves from the situation, cope with the situation, and move on with their lives. It’s extraordinarily difficult to explain how hard moving on from something of this magnitude is. Personally, I know it’s crucial to have someone to talk to and help you through something so detrimental. I want these children and adults to know that it IS possible to make it through those situations, and come out a better person. I aspire to dedicate my life to helping those people who need me.