“As a kid, I went through life thinking I had all the answers. I didn’t like school or tests or homework. I cut class, snuck out of the house, even tried to run away from home. My mom raised three kids on her own and worked the graveyard shift as a nurse’s assistant, even as she went back to school to be a nurse. She was always studying, and she did all she could to keep me in school. But I cared so much more about how popular I was that I never listened to her. I was wrong. By 2010, I was pregnant and gave birth to my son Jayden.
“NSCC was my first big step to a better life.”
Before my son, I didn’t know what I wanted to be or do. That all changed with Jayden. NSCC was my first big step to a better life. I chose that college because it was affordable and flexible, and I stayed because of the excellent support — from career services to the libraries. My mom was so proud when I graduated with a degree in business.
The next step was harder; I couldn’t afford my Bachelor’s. I almost broke down in tears, and then my sister said something about a program her fiancé joined. The program paid him to learn and provided him an internship, which was exciting to me. I asked her the name of the program and she said “Year Round.” Imagine my frustration trying to find Year Round on Google. All I could find was Year Up and that was it. After I yelled at her, I thanked her.
At Year Up, I found out that I loved IT. I became bilingual — speaking tech and business — and built relationships to solve tech problems. There aren’t a lot of extroverts who get into tech, so it set me apart. I did my internship at Harvard Business School as a Desktop and Data Support intern on the Executive Education Information Technology team. From there, I joined Year Up as a staff member and worked my way to an employment specialist. Now my job is to help others find jobs, and I’m planning to finish my Bachelor’s at SNHU next year.
My time at NSCC and Year Up have taught me that it’s important to pay it forward. I’m working and going to school, and I’m on the board of the Year Up Alumni Association in Boston while I continue to invest in myself and build a strong network. In the future, I see myself as an entrepreneur, leading a non-profit that improves financial literacy among young adults.”
“At Year Up, I found out that I loved IT. I became bilingual — speaking tech and business — and built relationships to solve tech problems.”