I am the first born child to a determined father, a patience and gracious mother, and the first grandchild to amazing grandparents. Spanish is my first language and I learned English in kindergarten and was encouraged to go to college at an early age. In between those thirteen years I went through lots of embarrassing phases. I was that kid with no filter at the grocery store and the one who never took a nap ( Me, tired?…NEVER!) I loved pretending to be a Disney princess, high- tech spy, Lizzie McGuire wanna be, sassy cheetah girl, and a disciplined NJROTC cadet (Cadet Kelley may or may not have sparked that interest, just kidding). And a writer for my high school’s newspaper. Clearly the latter interest stuck. Thank Jesus, right!?
Junior and senior year of high school threw me for a loop as I meandered through the process of trying to go find a college to go to. It was a trying time to attempt to be a trail blazer as the first person in my family to attend and graduate from college. I knew next to nothing. What I did know overwhelmed me even further: my parents told me neither they nor myself would be taking out any loans for me to go to college. Ouch! I crossed my arms and rolled my eyes (I am sure I can win awards for this one…not! I know its my downfall.) After the stinging subsided I moved forward with a plan.
Spoiler alert: I graduated from college debt free! Praise God. I believe your son or daughter can too!
I planned and prayed with my parents. I must have searched, “scholarships” into google a billion times. My mom and step-dad encouraged me to search for scholarships and would ask me how the process was going. My mom and I worked on filling out the FAFSA. I applied to close to one hundred local scholarships and received a few that I put towards my time at a local community college. Ewww…community college, trust me, I didn’t like the sound of that one either, however, I received a great education and experience! My biggest dream was to attend a four year university and live on campus. I worked diligently for two years and transferred to North Carolina State University for the final two years. I was able to live on campus and I made beautiful memories.
I graduated from NC State (alongside peers I graduated from high school with) and four days after later moved to a new city for an internship that later became an amazing employment opportunity. I’ve been working for an amazing, faith based non-profit ministry for the past five months. I have made even more heart-melting memories here as well.
This is my wild story and I am sticking to it!
This is a very condensed version of my story and it was not an easy one. I could not have done it without the love and strength of Jesus Christ to sustain me and the support of my parents, family, and friends along the way. I know had I not obeyed my parents I would not have graduated debt free nor would I have been able to venture out after graduation due to the weight and responsibility of college loans.
I am very thankful for the ways Jesus has provided for my needs all along the way and for the counsel of wise people in my life. I can look back and write down a long list of the lessons I’ve learned throughout this journey and I will say the overarching theme is: doing life God’s way is the BEST!
I don’t claim to have all of the answers.
I am a young soul learning how to navigate adulthood and many unanswered questions, however I have navigated and survived those teen and college years. I hope to be able to aid you and the significant youth in your lives to see the world in a different way. I hope you are encouraged to pursue your dreams by surrendering them to Jesus and when He says so, learn to pursue what He has for you in His way in His timing. I believe there is a way to do this by being good stewards of what He has given us, including our money.
I hope you’ll choose to ditch fear and disobedience and dream big!