After spending eight years in the U.S. Army, I made the decision to end my time in the service and pursue my educational goals. Being from a family that always struggled financially, college was never an option in my mind. Nobody had even talked to me about going to college so I assumed that it was unattainable for someone like me. Instead, I joined the Army at the age of seventeen. The U.S. Army changed my idea that college wasn’t for me by stressing the importance of getting both a military and civilian education.
One might think making the decision to get out of the U.S. Army was a difficult one but it was not a difficult choice for me. I left the service so I could be more involved in my children’s lives. I had already made arrangements to start college before my enlistment contract was up. I was very excited and incredibly nervous, to start a new chapter in my life. Little did I know that life had a curveball to throw. My time in service was to end on April 11, 2012, but on April 8th, I received a phone call that would change mine and my children’s lives forever.
It was on Easter Sunday that I received the call that my husband had stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) and had lost both of his legs. I packed up what few things I could and drove with my two boys from Fort Bragg, North Carolina to Bethesda, Maryland so that I could assist my husband in his recovery at Walter Reed. After putting my educational goals on hold for two years to support my husband, I finally get to put my energy into achieving one of the most important goals of my life.
On May 18th, 2019, I graduated from Sacramento State’s Business Honors Program with a degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior.