What was your First and Goal, Inc. experience?
I had an amazing experience with First and Goal Inc. I learned so many things about life that were valuable at that point in time of my life, and that are still valuable to this day. I also learned so much about myself, and who I am as a person. I also received the opportunity to meet some wonderful new people.
Which program were you apart of with First and Goal, Inc.?
I was a part of Journey Beyond Dreams College Experience Program in 2008 at Baylor University as a high school student.
Where are you today?
I am currently an Associate Professor of English at Lone Star College in Houston Texas. I am currently working on her doctoral degree at Sam Houston State University in Developmental Education Administration. I have also authored two books titled More Than Words and The Overflow, and worked as a journalist for the African American News and Issues Newspaper. In my free time I love to write, travel and spend time with my husband and daughter.
How did First and Goal, Inc. influence your high school or college experience?
When I was a part of Journey Beyond Dreams in 2008, I was a senior in high school. During the program, I was able to stay on the campus of Baylor University. This experience got me excited for college and exposed some aspects of what college would be like when it was my chance to attend. I always had to dream to attend college, but this experience allowed me to be excited, and want to be successful in college.
How did First and Goal, Inc. influence your life after graduating?
After graduating high school, I was able to give back and work with First and Goal Inc. with some of the programs to support youth. I served as a Youth Group Leader for the Prepare to Dream College Experience Program and supported in multiple roles with First and Goal, Inc. as a team member because of my versatility and love for youth.
Are there lessons from First and Goal, Inc. you use in life today?
There are some lessons that I still use in life today. First and foremost, to always follow my dreams no matter what, and to not let anyone stop me. Additionally, to understand that life may not always go the way I envisioned it, but in anything that I do, do it with purpose, and help someone else along the way.