“I had to deal with a lot all at once.”

When I was 18, struggling to finish high school, my mother was arrested and was sent away to prison for three years. I was struggling a lot with that. The impact was very hard for me. I had to deal with a lot all at once and the person that I was living with, my parent, was sent away, so it really, really made life a lot harder for me.

Studying was a big part of my family. They wanted me to get the good grades, to get into school. I made good grades. I was involved in sports. I was on dance team. I played soccer, and I also did cheerleading. So pretty much an average day was going to school, doing my regular school things, and coming home and immediately starting homework. That was the first thing that I had to do.  
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