Since a young child growing up in the south suburbs of Chicago, I have always felt the pull towards understanding by helping my peers find their truth. Even in high school, I was a peer mediator helping my fellow classmates resolve their conflicts and finding ways for them to move past their current roadblocks to achieve happiness.
I continued this path into adulthood by obtaining my bachelors in psychology at Lewis University in Illinois. Before receiving my masters, I worked as an academic advisor and financial aid advisor at George Washington University in Washington D.C. and at The University of Illinois at Chicago. I was continually surprised at how unprepared freshmen were to interact with peers and professors.
I witnessed many students fail their first year of college due to their inability to take ownership of their lives. After 5 years in higher education, I decided to pursue my Master in counseling in order to foster change. I wanted to better prepare students for their transition into adulthood.