- Indian River High School
Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, dedicated, and creative
How did you first get involved with ACCESS? I became an ACCESS scholar in 2005 when I graduated from Lake Taylor High School. My ACCESS advisor, Mrs. Ashleigh James was very helpful to me and my mother, who at the time was a single parent. In my senior year of high school she was instrumental in assisting me with my FAFSA and preparing for college. She even continued assisting me with my FAFSA until my junior year in college. My advisor would assist me in registering for the SAT and applying to college. My senior year in high school was an interesting year for me because of personal obstacles, but I did go on to college with the help of Mrs. Ashleigh James along with my mother. I was able to go to Virginia State University and graduated from VSU in 2009 with a Communications degree. Going to college was one of the best experiences of my life.
What is your most memorable/rewarding moment working with ACCESS? There are actually three: While in my first year at Access, interacting with the students as they were chosen as ACCESS scholars, entering college and then remembering what it felt like to be chosen as a scholar.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to a college-bound student? I have two important pieces that I would give to a college-bound student. First, as cliché as it may sound, any goal or dream is truly attainable not just with hard work and dedication, but most importantly, passion! Secondly, become go-getters while on your college campus; don’t wait for someone to tell you to do something. Go look for things that interest you and find out how to help or how to gain experience; search what you can do to build your resume as a student.