Describe yourself in three words: Thoughtful, Determined, Compassionate
How did you first get involved with ACCESS? I joined the ACCESS program at Woodrow Wilson High School and greatly benefited from the services. Mrs. Love, my advisor, played an integral part in making sure that I stayed on track for college. Let’s just say that getting married and having a child during your junior year of high school can make life a little complicated! Financial concerns weighed heavily on me and ACCESS helped pay for my SAT’s and college waivers. Most importantly, with the help of ACCESS I received encouragement, support and enough scholarships to fund college completely! In college, I stayed connected with ACCESS by volunteering as a mentor and I even served as the ACCESS Advisor at Churchland for a year while I completed my master’s degree at ODU. Little did I know that I would return to ACCESS 14 years later as the Business Manager. I am eternally grateful for the help I received from ACCESS and am thrilled to be working for this amazing organization . . . again!
What is your most memorable/rewarding moment working with ACCESS? I can’t pick a single moment. For me, the annual scholarship luncheon is always the highlight of the year. It is such a joy to see all of the students recognized for their hard work and college acceptances. The ACCESS Alumni speakers inspire the next generation of students starting college and the energy and excitement in the room is palpable. Truly a joy to witness and be a part of!
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to a college-bound student? Utilize the resources available to you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t feel like you have to do it alone. Build a support system of family, friends, and teachers. And don’t forget, ACCESS will always be here to help you along the way!