Reflecting on her semester in College Readiness, she named all the ways it helped prepare her for the demands of college-level work to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).
In addition to feeling ready academically, Elizabeth learned healthy study habits and time management — essential skills for a single mother who also works a full-time job and serves as the secretary to her sons’ school parent teacher association.
One would never guess what challenges Elizabeth faces, given her infectious smile and positive attitude.
“I would have been so depressed if I had not discovered the Institute. My life was so bleak. I didn’t have anyone to point me in the right direction. I didn’t know what to do,” Elizabeth said. “Everything I’ve done is through the Institute. They always point me in the right direction.”
One step at a time, she plans to become a nurse practitioner and specialize in the mental health field. Meanwhile, she continues focusing on school, work and mothering her two teenage boys.
She has high hopes not only for herself, but for her children, too.
“I want to raise kids that will be useful to themselves and to society. I want them to be educated. I want them to be kind,” Elizabeth said.
Part of giving back, she says, includes giving back to the Institute.