Published April 24, 2024

I was in a dead-end job and wanted to get my life back on track. Still, it had been seven years since high school, and I felt like my dream of being a teacher and helping others was dead—I mean, who goes back after seven years?! Then I heard about the Shasta College 2-years free program. So, I called right before the semester started and got in! It just felt like all the pieces fell into place.

My dream was initially to teach K-12, but as I started going to Shasta College and saw the difference being made, I realized, no, this is where lives are changed, and I want to be a part of this! That spark to continue my life and pursue my dream was ignited again! Everywhere I turned, help was always there when I needed it most. I was receiving financial aid and working two jobs, but life happened. At one point, I called Jennie at the Shasta College Foundation, ready to quit, and she helped me get the funds and support I needed to continue. Without the Finish Line Scholarship and Shasta College, I truly believe I wouldn’t have made it.

I’m going to graduate this semester (it’s always been “next” semester, but now it’s here!) with a degree in social sciences. After that, I’ll attend National University and get a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

Many people think it’s too late, and I want to tell them it’s never too late. Finish Line helped me across, and I can’t thank them enough. I can’t thank Shasta College enough.