After, I had nightmares about that night. I would sit in my room and stare at the ceiling just hoping that there was a reason life was so hard. My grandmother told me, "You better take advantage of your situation and don't take life for granted." How right she was. People in my community don't get the opportunities I've received. Going to Canisius High School, being recruited for the sport of rowing and with working at MAP learning about sustainability and agriculture. I've always been told by my mom "to be the difference". The weight of my family and the community is on my shoulders, I have to show the kids in my area that it is possible for them to become a difference, you just have to take that leap. I'm seen as a leader amongst my peers, having a leadership role at MAP as the citizenship and policy specialist, Varsity 8 rower and respected at my school. Trying to balance 6 hours of work a week while rowing, while going to school as well as volunteering as a mentor in schools across Western New York is tough, but even at my best I feel I can do even better.
I will be studying to become an environmental lawyer, a marketer and a computer designer so I can not only live happy but live great. All I want is for my mom to never have to work another day in her life and to get my family out of this poverty.
Success means nothing if it can't be shared. Being able to do this isn't my ending, but instead my beginning.