Class of 2020: Congratulations Lauren!

Congratulations, Class of 2020! COVID-19 upended your senior year and graduation celebrations. We want to recognize your hard work, perseverance and accomplishments amidst such unique challenges. Over the course of the next two weeks, we are highlighting high school graduates across King County. These seniors participated in either Youthsource or youth development programming supported by Best Starts for Kids. Thank you to the Institute for Community LeadershipTreehouseLifewireLambert HouseYouthsource and Young Women Empowered for empowering our scholars’ dreams! 

Congratulations Lauren!

At first I felt that the pandemic was going to hinder my goals when everything was closing. I remember being really frustrated because I was working really hard all year to get my life together, and was in the middle of trying to start college classes. So when I heard about the virus closing schools I was really discouraged, and felt suppressed as if I couldn’t do anything, thinking all my hard work was wasted. Especially since I was so dedicated to making positive changes in my life after overcoming so many tough obstacles, plus dealing with depression and a wave of other personal issues all throughout my senior year. The job I had at the time was letting people go because of COVID-19 and I couldn’t work at my school anymore either.

But fortunately for me trusting in God, and refusing to give up, I was determined to make a way and was able to find a good job which allowed me to save money for a car, and invest into several hobbies/business ideas. I now have even more plans to better my self, my future, and I’m saving money to start school next! Honestly, I look at this whole thing as another lesson for me. I’m so motivated, and feel unstoppable! No matter what life throws your way, you can always overcome it and do better you just have to believe in yourself and keep striving ! Never give up ! 

Thank you, Lauren and congratulations!

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