I was born and raised in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti where I was living on less than $2 per day with a family of 7. I had to overcome the extreme struggle of third world poverty, hunger, and lack of access to proper clothing. My mom left Haiti in search for a better life when I was 5 years old. I would not see her again until I was 13 years old. After 8 long years, I moved to the United States and was finally reunited with my mom, where I learned English as my third language. I graduated from Pulaski high school and now attend the University of Milwaukee Wisconsin. I am 1 semester away from having an interpersonal communication degree. I returned to Haiti this past August, 10 years since I left, to supply impoverished kids with shoes and built water filtration systems for communities without access to clean water.
Even having lived in extreme poverty for 13 years of my life, I was never deprived of happiness and learned to be grateful for everything I had. Poverty taught me to never give up, even though we never had much. It taught me that life is the most priceless thing I will ever be apart of, to appreciate every opportunity, and to make the most of them for myself & others who have no opportunities.