I started taking college courses at Broward College at the age of 13 to ameliorate my family's financial hardship. When I was 14 years old, I transferred to Florida Atlantic University and began taking a full college workload with a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester. At the age of 16, I earned my bachelor’s degree before receiving my high school diploma. During my years as an undergraduate and graduate student, I became a part of several distinguished honor societies, namely, PTK Omega Phi Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society. I also participated in FAU’s wind ensemble, played in 2 community youth orchestras, volunteered in the Broward County Teen Court program (2009-2014), tutored students for the FCAT, and volunteered for various service activities at my church. At a minimum, I was committed to 15 hours per week in service to my community. I received my degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish in 3 years and graduated magna cum laude. President Kelly made a public acknowledgment saluting my accomplishments during his speech to the graduates and at his first State of the University Address. As a result of my achievements becoming public, I have been graced to share my experience and advice at various public and private venues, to wit, schools, graduation and scholarship events, conferences and banquets, county correctional facilities, churches, etc. However, more incredible and humbling for me was my nomination and selection for inclusion in FAU’s upcoming book recognizing the most outstanding 100 women in the history of the university to be unveiled in March 2016.
Since I was very young, I have felt led to be a peacemaker. I am not really sure how this is to be attained/realized, but my chief end is to find amiable solutions to the conflicts plaguing our society. I have observed that typically those in positions of authority have the greatest potential to influence the masses. In that regard, I trust that striving for a top position will afford me the opportunity to affect the greatest number of people. As I have worked in the public sector before, specifically the Broward County Teen Court program where I had the privilege of providing volunteer service for 5 years, I personally witnessed troubled youth with their future and existence at stake. Because I know the urgency of the matter, there is a need for a heart of compassion toward the youth. Currently, I am working in a non-for-profit sector where I am able to make a difference in the lives of our youth. I believe that developing suitable programs would greatly curtail crime and affect the future of our society. If this is done, the desired outcome would be a nation that is an even better place to live.