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Angelica thriving in college as a YV Scholar

August 29, 2012

As part of Gamma Beta Phi, a community service honor society, Angelica and others planted flowers throughout Austin Peay State University campus for the organization’s “Plant the Campus Red” initiative last year.

Angelica’s conducting field experiments on the water quality in Milan, Tenn., a town in West Tennessee that’s been unable to use its groundwater for more than 70 years because of contamination.

Her research, part of a Presidential grant she applied for and received, will determine the change in the quality of the water over time as well as determine if there is a preferred habitat selection among different species of aquatic macroinvertebrates, like mayflies and other small aquatic animals.

AUDIO: Angelica talks about her Presidential Grant project

She also recently returned from Belize, where she studied tropical environments and conservation as part of a studying abroad program. She has two jobs and maintains a 3.8 GPA at Austin Peay State University. Two years ago, Angelica was a featured guest at Youth Villages’ annual employee conference to share stories about her difficult childhood and how Youth Villages’ transitional living program supported and assisted her desire for independence and achievement.

It clicked when she was admitted into APSU’s middle college, which allowed her to pursue college credits while in high school. Angelica saw what her natural curiosity and intellect could offer. She always did well academically, but never really thought much about it. At middle college, that changed.

She saw flyers for studying and taking classes abroad and thought, “I want to do that.” She saw announcements for the Presidential Scholarship and thought, “I want to do that.”

“Education was the one thing no one could take from me,” she said. “Studying and learning became my way of getting away.”

Taking advantage of opportunities, Angelica has thrived. Through the support of Youth Villages’ transitional living program and the YV Scholars program, Angelica has taken advantage of every opportunity. She has plans to continue her education through graduate work, and wants a career where she can make a difference. She’s an example of how others can make a difference. Through support from the TL program, Angelica has transformed into an independent, confident young adult.

“Before YV, I thought I’d go to college, get a job and let life play out however it would,” she said. “But, because of Youth Villages, I hold the steering wheel to my life. I get to determine what I want to do.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. Robert Harris permalink
    August 31, 2012 5:32 pm

    I am her Father:) I support her every chance I get as I always have, I stressed getting an education is Very Important to compete in a fast pace world we live in. Of course we make mistakes along the way, that’s life, BUT we Determine If we are to be a passenger OR are we to be the Driver of our own Destiny

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