For the sake of simplicity, in describing myself, I like to separate my life
into two distinct segments; pre-passion and post-passion.
By any account, I had a rough start. My childhood was riddled with all
of the stereotypical “broken home” attributes, which resulted in my
assumption of independence at a very early age. For many years, I
considered myself a product of this bad luck, and I allowed my situation
define who I was. My grades were poor, and I lacked the passion for
anything (sports, music, art, etc.) that I saw in my peers.
At the age of fourteen (the age at which a child is legally able to work), I
got my first job, and I became addicted. For the first time in my life, I
was able to garner respect from adults who applauded my work ethic,
awe from friends who admired my maturity, and a discretionary income
that allowed me to be self-sufficient. Most importantly, I discovered my
zeal for self-enrichment.
Today I thrive on overcoming challenges and learning new things, both
professionally and academically, and I prefer to stay busy to the point of
exhaustion. Jumping head-first into new experiences has opened my
eyes to my strengths and my passions, which include riding my
motorcycle, mountain biking, making movies and photography.
Looking back at my experiences, I find that my biggest strength is my
ability devise new and unique ways to overcome obstacles. Ultimately,
my goal is to utilize this strength to enrich the lives of children with
stories like mine, whose unfortunate circumstances leave them unable to
thrive academically. Through the use of unconventional and innovative
methods of education, I hope to expose marginalized students to the fun
and benefit of education, offering them an opportunity to discover their