Written by Foundling Guest Blogger, Christina, a Graduate of The Foundling’s Road to Success Program.
My freshman year at Johnson & Wales University was such a difficult but successful journey. It all began in August 2017 when I first moved on campus and actually started to experience the college life. I’ve learned so much about myself and life while being away at college in Florida.
So far, the first-year experience has definitely made me stronger as a person and has taught me so many great characteristics about myself that I did not know before. I knew I was a strong person from all of the past things in my life, but I didn’t know I was this strong. I was able to maintain two jobs while balancing school and my studies.
A little overview on my daily routine back at school: I would begin my mornings with about two classes 8-10 a.m. followed by 12-2 p.m., then I would go to work from 3-7 p.m., and after that shift I would work another shift at my second job from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. It was difficult to maintain all of this, especially with a heavy class load of work from school, but if I am determined to complete something I will not stop until it is done.
I’m very excited to see what the next few years of college bring for me because in a short amount of time I have learned so much and was blessed with so many opportunities. My high school tutor through The Foundling’s Road to Success program from high school, Rachel, helped me so much throughout high school and helped me shape me for college — and I believe that is one of the main reason I was able to go into college with such a positive and determined mindset.
The Foundling has been such a great support system for me not only in college, but throughout these past few years. They made sure I had all the resources I needed after high school as well as before and during college. I am excited to see where this adventurous journey will lead me.
The Foundling’s Road to Success program is a tutoring program especially for high school students who are in foster care. Watch this video story to learn more about Road to Success and how our wrap-around education services empower students to succeed in high school and beyond.