I graduated from ALP’s summer program in 1993. Still young, I allowed myself to be distracted by what was going on around me. For two years I did nothing productive. I knew that I was moving in the wrong direction but didn’t know what my next step would be. I probably would not have gone to college without the advice from a close friend who encouraged me to apply for financial aid. He told me that I would be able to go to school for free if I qualified. If it’s free, it’s for me, so I applied.
The EOC was warm, friendly and a welcoming place. Most importantly very supportive of me and my dream to earn a college degree. They helped me fill out the financial aid and admissions applications. I worked in the EOC office as a work-study student for a year and a half. During this time the EOC staff counseled me on educational, financial and personal issues I dealt with at the time.
Thanks to the support I received from the RIEOC staff, I received financial aid awards that paid for my books and classes for my entire college career. I graduated from Rhode Island College and continued on to earn my Master’s Degree in Education. Without the assistance from the RIEOC I would never have been able to accomplish so much. I have been working in the RI EOC as a counselor since 2003. I love my job and helping others.
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