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Adolescents transition from foster care to adulthood, intended to help children like her

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What’s next for you?

I am transferring to Arizona State University (ASU) in the fall and enrolling in their online program. After completing my undergraduate studies in family and human development, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in clinical social work or clinical counseling. I want to become a therapist and continue my work and advocacy to help children recover from their trauma. I continue to do public speaking, mentoring and changing the world for those in foster care and helping them.

What inspired you to choose ASU and your career path?

From the age of 10, I knew I wanted to be a physician. I wanted to be able to help the kids find the treatment that I have received. I wanted to help them come to light from the depths of their past trauma. ASU is one of the few schools I have visited that offers a family human development degree for my undergraduates. I feel like, along with my career path, the family and the whole human aspect really goes well with what I want to do in my future.

Do you have any favorite memory of your time with FBF?

My favorite memory is the first Christmas party I went to through the program. It was great to put the stresses of life, school and emerging adulthood aside and be able to be a kid again. You know, in the first eight years of my life, I didn’t have that chance. That time was taken from me. So, just being able to feel like that little kid again and be able to sit on Santa’s lap, it kind of helps to make up for those missed moments.

How has the program helped you transition into adulthood?

Throughout my time in the program, I have received constant support. FBF has helped me with my confidence, my ability to be more advocacy and in public speaking. Professionally, I have learned skills that will help me advance in school and in my future career. The program taught me a lot about finance like how to budget and some financial topics. And things like understanding the ins and outs of college, tuition and covering books. He also helped me get my first car.

At any time, if I needed anything, I could pick up the phone and someone would be there. It’s such an amazing feeling – especially navigating college for the first time.

What message would you like to share with students who are struggling to overcome trauma?

I would say there is hope. Take it first and find that one person is there for you. If you want to be successful in life, academically or career-wise, you have to move on from your traumas. It’s one of the hardest things you can do, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. I know this from personal experience. I mean I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t had a chance to move on from my trauma.

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