As a non-traditional student, I have a plethora of experiences that have led me toward the path I am pursing today. I took a sabbatical after high school, opting to spend the next few years traveling the country on a mission to find my true self. Throughout my journey I learned more about life than I had ever anticipated. I was not only forced to expose the true depths of myself, but I also experienced the very essence of mankind. Seeing what the land had to offer conjured a level of personal strength that I never knew I was capable of. As I learned more about myself, and about the world, I became remarkably aware of my morality, my beliefs and values, and ultimately discovered my purpose. Stemming from an innate yearning to help those who are unable to help themselves, working with children in need became a non-negotiable requirement of my future career path.