AFFCF is currently funding 81 college students who aged out of foster care and are attending universities and community colleges statewide. This month, we're pleased to introduce Stephanie who tells her story in her own words.
I just finished the first semester of my junior year and am excited about getting closer to graduating. I entered foster care in April 2017 after a tragic experience, but I have been on my own since I was 16. I am fortunate enough to be where I am right now.
Although there were many moments where I felt very alone, I’ve met a lot beautiful souls, many of whom have stayed in my life. Going through a lot in my life has made me a stronger, more mature person. It has helped me offer love and support to those who are experiencing or have experienced something similar.
I am majoring in nutrition because I want to be a registered dietitian to help people and to promote the many benefits of a healthy lifestyle. I'm trying my best when it comes to my academics. There definitely have been a lot of bumps in my life, but I am still pursuing my dreams. I know life will always be challenging, and I will never give up.
College has been an amazing experience. I still struggle, but I just have so many goals in life that I want to reach one day. With the help of many people and God, I have made it this far. As someone who was in foster care and currently volunteers with DCS, I want to use my profession to help kids, teenagers and young adults to be aware of the importance of nutrition and how it can change their lives for the better.
I am honored to have been chosen for this
to keep pursuing my dreams. I would like to thank AFFCF donors because without you, this would not be possible. Thank you for helping kids in foster care by giving them the hope they need to keep succeeding in their academics. I will make you proud through my success. You never know…I might even be your registered dietitian one day!