One decision can change everything
My journey from working at a grocery store while attending the University of Houston, to becoming a US Marine, stationed at the White House as part of the Marine One HMX-1 Presidential Security Squadron, has shaped who I am today.
After high school graduation, my goal was to be the first in my family to earn a college degree. I did not have a college fund to pay for school and being raised by a single mom who had five other children, I was on my own to pay tuition. I continued to live at home so I could help my family, work at the local grocery store and attend classes. I was stressed. I did not feel like I had a purpose. To make matters worse I had little time to spend with friends. I found myself turning down invitations to parties on a regular basis. I would often see my friends coming into the grocery store, laughing and joking as they bought beer, and waving goodbye on their way out. I felt like I would never be able to get out from under the burden of my responsibilities and enjoy my life.