All my life I have dreamed, hoped, and worked relentlessly to make a difference in the world. At James Madison University we have a mantra that encourages us to, "be the change". These wise words, originally spoken by Muhammad Gandhi, have been the principle that has guided me throughout my life. Therefore, creating a home away from home by attending JMU as a social work major and family studies minor seemed only natural. Upon graduation, it is my goal to attend graduate school to earn my Masters of Arts in Counseling degree and pursue LPC licensure. With these skills, I plan to open my own counseling practice as a children's play therapist. I am currently working toward my interpreter's certification in American Sign Language. In becoming fluent in these areas I aspire to hold therapy sessions in ASL for those who require this so greatly. I am an active executive member of JMU's Social Work Organization, a member of the social work honors society known as Phi Alpha, and am currently interning at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County. These activities, along with various scholarship, leadership, and travel opportunities I have earned, as well as my work with special needs children as an Attendant for PCG Public Partnerships LLC, have allowed me to get a taste of what it truly means to create change and I am eager to continue to do so.