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Junior | Garden City High School, 2013 | Garden City, Kansas

“YE’s role in my story is everything. My parents divorced when I was in middle school, and we moved around a lot. My life became pretty unstable, and I was just trying to survive one day at a time. Going into my junior year of high school, I hadn’t even given college a thought. I was just hoping to graduate high school. When some of my friends suggested I enroll in YE, everything changed. Something sparked inside me that I didn’t know was there.

“When some of my friends suggested I enroll in YE, everything changed. Something sparked inside me that I didn’t know was there.”

The class showed me how to find my passions and gave me confidence. It taught me that it’s okay to fail, but to expect to succeed. The hardest thing about high school is learning how and when to become an adult, and YE helped me navigate that. They provided mentorship, helped me apply for scholarships and now I’m the first person in my family to attend college.”