Everybody is different. We are different in what we feel. We are different in what we think. Our backgrounds are different. Our stories. What we radiate to the world, and what we hide. But if there is one thing similar, it is the fact that we all feel pain. Everyone has a struggle. There is not one single person out there in this world that has a perfect life. The past year and a half have really been a test of my strength and my will to keep on keeping on. I can authentically say I’ve been through hell and back– with my spirituality, with relationships with loved ones, with my future, with my life. Last year at this point in the year I was waiting to hear back from the United States Coast Guard Military Academy. After deciding in my junior year of high school that that was what I was dedicating my life to, I went through a year of strenuous work to make sure I did everything I could to be accepted. After waiting not so patiently for about a month I found out my fate, I was medically declined…due to a bee allergy. Now I’ve faced plenty of rejection in my short 19 years of living, but this was probably the worst kind that I had ever experienced, and there was nothing I could do about it. It didn’t have anything to do with my ability or character or will; it was something that was not in my control. To think about where I was and where I am now is truly the work of God and Him showing me He has a plan for me. Last summer I moved into my own apartment started working over 50 hour work weeks and was a part time student. Since then this year has been a year of independence, growing up, and learning… A LOT. I learned how to be content with where I was but not complacent. I learned to pray every day for the Lord’s guidance with my life and to listen for Him. So this winter I applied to several different colleges, having hope but no expectations. This past month I found out that I have been accepted to all three. State University of New York (FIT- Fashion Institute of Technology) in Manhattan New York, Washington State University in Pullman Washington, and FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in Los Angeles California. I went to praying for opportunity to where I have to choose between three. Any of them would be amazing life experiences. After lots of thinking I have chosen to go to FIT in Manhattan, New York where I will pursue international fashion merchandising and management. It’s cliché but really when one door closes another opens even if it takes time. I am so excited for this new chapter in my life and am so grateful for anybody that has supported me in any way with my journey so far. My Father, my Savior, my Lord, my everything is why I have been able to overcome what I have and also have the determination and dedication for what is to come. It was hard at first to take a year off to reconsider my future but now I think I am more ready than ever.