I was born in East Baltimore, Maryland, the youngest of ten children. My neighborhood consisted of families that had migrated from the south, bringing along southern values with them. Church, family, and strong work ethics help to shape my early life. I attended Baltimore City Public Schools, served honorably in the Army National Guard, and worked as a hospitality manager for over twenty years in Baltimore City hotels. After graduating high school, I attended Morgan State University for about a year and a half, and I left to pursue work full time. In 2007 I noticed my eye sight changing and was diagnosed legally blind due to glaucoma. This marked a very difficult period in my life, from which I emerge stronger. My love of people and willingness to help them, comes from my parents who are my role models. Some good friends inspired me to go back to college, even though I thought it was now out of reach. God had a different plan for me; through a chance conversation I found hope and information that changed my life. During the spring I returned To Morgan after a twenty-five-year gap. This sounded easier said than done and presented numerous challenges. This time at Morgan felt like a whole new universe and I was lost in it. On numerous occasions I cried, screamed, and became upset but God still had his hand on me. Today I am ready to take my place among the 2018 graduation class and will receive my Bachelor of Science in Social Work.