As I reflect on my life, I constantly ask myself, "Where would I be without the help of Delaware Futures?" Prior to the program, I was a misguided teen who had nothing but a strong desire to succeed. Unfortunately, I lived in a neighborhood where the words "college," "career," or "success" were never spoken. Therefore, when the opportunity to join Delaware Futures was presented to me, I took it without thinking twice.
I attended Wilmington High School. I was very bright-a popular nerd. At the time, Wilmington High wasn't very diverse; its population was made up of mostly Blacks and Hispanics. I was on the honor roll every marking period. I was also a member of Honor Society, Talent Search, Girls' State, and a host of other programs. During my senior year, I maintained a 4.0 grade point average. At school, teachers challenged me and helped me grow academically. However, Delaware Futures challenged me in other aspects: socially, emotionally, and physically. Every summer, the counselors designed a trip with hopes of developing long lasting friendships. Moreover, those trips challenged me physically. I went canoeing, white water rafting, rock climbing, hiking, and camping. In short, Delaware Futures assisted tremendously in my high school experience as well as my personal life. I graduated as Wilmington High's salutatorian in 1998.
I went on to Wesley College. Once I found a subject that I was particularly interested in - English - I blossomed. My professors encouraged me to analyze the literature and nurtured my thoughts. We often discussed the literature over lattes, and talked outside of class about life in general. Immediately after college, I made the decision to attend graduate school. I completed my Masters in Wesley College Education program with a 3.9 grade point average and now I work at H.B. DuPont Middle School.
Undoubtedly, Delaware Futures was a key factor in my life. I always had the desire to attend college, graduate, and do something meaningful with my life. I had goals, but I didn't know how to reach them.