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Last night, I had the opportunity to be a Speaker for the Let Her Rise Program to discuss College Mental Health with graduating teen girls. The conversation we had, made me think about my own college transition experience and I want to share it with you!

I am a first generation college student and honestly, the transition to college was'nt the easiest for me. I was'nt fully informed on financial aid and scholarships like some of my peers who had parents and siblings that aided them in process from personal experiences.

I also didn't know that with the inadequacy I felt at times, I could use on campus mental health services to help me through this transition. However, I didn't let that stop me. I begin to open my mind to the opportunity of learning more about what some would call a disadvantage for me.

As a result, I finished undergrad in Psychology, earn my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, now I am therapist at age 25. I get to be the person I needed when I was younger. As a therapist, I get to help adolescents and young adults through similar transitions, that I am grateful to have overcome.

I'm sharing this as encouragment to let you know, YOU CAN DO IT. You have the ability to break every box people try to put you in.

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