“10,000 Degrees helped me during my college journey by helping me financially and mentally. I was able to be part-time at work and focus a lot more time on my schoolwork. 10,000 Degrees helped me mentally because I was able not to have anxiety or stress about working so much, letting me focus on school work. My involvement with 10,000 Degrees was amazing and so beneficial to me.
One of the biggest barriers I encountered when thinking about attending college was being alone in Riverside with no family close to me. I struggled with not having the support from them because they were so far. Another big obstacle I encountered was the work and school balance. I had to learn how to time management and also leave some time for myself and my mental health.
The impact attending college has had on my family can be explained in these three words: PROUD to be a first-generation college graduate, HOPE for future generations, and HAPPINESS that we can have so much more than they were able to have as immigrants!
I hope to make an impact on the world through the kindness and knowledge I bring to others. College has shown me that so many people are trying to achieve their own goals and have their own timelines. With an admiration for single mothers like my mom I hope to work with mothers and help them understand that they are not alone.”