Before maturity was hatched, I used to hate such life. But when I met a friend in High School, let me tell you that he’s real but would rather leave him anonymously, I started to tell him all that I hated in my life. For the first time I’ve never felt any comfort. It’s like finding a home outside that room where I have lived for nineteen long years. I told him everything including the deepest agony I’ve had for being reared the way my parents did. He positively motivated me to speak my heart and despite all the sadness, be still and positive. He counseled me and I am a changed man.
Attending college after high school was never a consideration for me, not even when I was awarded a scholarship that would pay for four years in full. Oh how I wanted to accept that scholarship, but none of my family members had ever attended an institution of higher learning, so the ‘hurrahs’ were passed around at the offer and then the thought of it was instantly dismissed. Though a college education was certainly was not frowned upon in my family, it was just something they had no experience with whatsoever, and something we knew we could not afford.
In college, as I became more politically engaged, my interest began to gravitate more towards political science. The interest in serving and understanding people has never changed, yet I realized I could make a greater difference doing something for which I have a deeper passion, political science. Pursuing dual degrees in both Psychology and Political Science, I was provided an opportunity to complete a thesis in Psychology with Dr. Sheryl Carol a Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Texas (UT) This fall I will complete an additional thesis as a McNair Scholar with Dr. Ken Chambers, Associate Professor in Latin American studies in the UT Political Science Department.