Graduate of Glendale Community College
Per my surgeon’s recommendation after my car accident, subsequent surgeries, and recovery, I moved to Arizona in fall of 2003. I became a real estate agent and an assistant to the President of Pro Star Realty shortly after. For the entire duration of this career, I have not had financial independence, health, dental insurance, or retirement benefits.
My adjusted gross income for 2008 was $4,823 and $8,823 in 2007. At this time, I am not able to afford an apartment of my own (I now live with my daughter), health, or dental insurance. I struggle every day, to cover my bills. Since 2002, I have had extensive dental bills as the muscles in my cheeks were torn; my bite was off causing broken teeth, requiring braces, and crowns.
In December of 2007, I became proactive about my future. I applied for many jobs within the city governments of the Valley in hopes of securing a steady income, and even though I had thirty years experience, I was unable to gain employment without a degree. The only way for me become independent is through education and a new career.
I began attending Glendale Community College in January of 2008 as a non-traditional, returning full-time student. This semester, at fifty-three years old, I am taking fourteen credits and am maintaining my membership with Phi Theta Kappa, and Honors with a 3.77 GPA. I have received recognitions of Outstanding Contributions to Class Activity or Organization, Outstanding Student of Literature, 1st Place for a non-fiction essay for the Traveler (the Glendale Community College Creative Writers Contest), 3rd Place for one of my poems, and a finalist in the Arizona Communication Association Public Speaking Contest.
In August of this year, I will complete my Associate in Arts Degree. I am transferring to Ottawa University as a full time student in fall of 2009 to pursue my Bachelor’s in Social Work, and later my Masters Degree. I am also seeking my Creative Writer’s Certificate. Not only will be able to fulfill my passion to help others addressing their natural needs, more importantly, help them in their spiritual walk. I want to share the love of Jesus Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God, (Eph 3:19), with each person I encounter. I will enroll in Fuller Theological Seminary for Christian counseling.
I am in pursuit of part-time employment with Valley of the Sun School and Rehabilitation Center, and currently a volunteer at their fundraiser Golf Tournaments and at special events.