My college planning experience was last-minute, and something I should have spent more time investing in. It was rushed and unplanned. I graduated high school, accepted a partial athletic scholarship, and moved across the country all within a three-month time span. I left for college without any knowledge about what my financial planning should look like over the next 4-6 years and well after graduation. I joined Journey to be a part of that education process and to stay involved throughout each student's individual journey. My college and life experiences have molded me into someone who is passionate about giving back to our youth and serving them in a way to help them feel capable, empowered, and confident in decision making for life after high school.
I graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor's in psychology (2013), and a master's in child & family studies (2015). As an undergrad student, I traveled to rural communities and talked to elementary and middle school students about their options after high school. There wasn't any heavy planning, but I was planting seeds and pulling inspiration from each individual. Since moving to North Carolina, I have worked with middle school and high school students as a Workforce Development Coordinator and later served as Director, working with K-5 students. And even though my role had changed within that organization, I once again started planting seeds and loved seeing our students come alive when they explored their passions. I'm excited to see that same excitement with our students here at Journey.