Name: Sara Brown

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Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: Hi everyone! My name is Sara and I’m 21 years old. I’m currently a junior at Florida Atlantic University studying Elementary Education. I love children so much. I am the oldest out of 4 children so that maternity gene was just always there. I am a first-generation college student so it is a bit difficult but anything that makes you better won’t always be easy.

What Inspires You Every day? : What inspires me everyday is the future that I want for my future family and I. I grew up in poverty and I always knew that I wanted different for my children when the time came. Even now, I’m trying to move out and it will be the first time ever that I have had my own room. My mom did all she could to raise us the best way possible despite all of life’s challenges. She’ll always be my biggest inspiration.

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What is some words of wisdom you live by?:Some words of wisdom that I live by is live everyday as if it is your last because another one is never promised. 

What is your ultimate goal in life? : My ultimate goal in life is to own my own daycare. I absolutely love babies so to be entrusted one day to look after someone else’s little one is a dream of mine.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : I’ve been affected greatly during the pandemic in a way that little to none would understand. I haven’t been affected financially during the pandemic, but emotionally. When we first went on lockdown, I wasn’t able to see my boyfriend for almost a month. When we could finally be together again, we made the most of our time. Nearing the end of May, life took him from me. I was supposed to pick him up on a Saturday and we were supposed to do what we normally do, get Chinese food and come to my house to watch some movies. His mom wanted to go to the park with him and I understood because she recently moved back down from Orlando. He ended up having a heart attack at the park maybe an hour later. He collapsed and hit his head which caused some brain damage. The lack of oxygen didn’t help much. Nobody wanted to do CPR because of the risk of them getting of COVID-19. He was declared brain dead less than week later. Due to the pandemic, I couldn’t see him in the hospital when he needed me the most. This is my first time telling the story on a greater scale like this. The pandemic and everything that happened made me stronger though. I already lost what was most important to me at the time so I knew it couldn’t get worse, only better. The bright side of being at rock bottom is that there’s only up from there. I’ve learned from what life has given and taken from me and used that for motivation in my own life. Things I used to let hinder me from being a better person are things that I use now to get to the next level in my life.

What is a positive message you would like to give others? : Literally, just keep going. As simple as that sounds, that’s all that you have to do. Life has really been taking me for a ride and I just have to tell myself to keep going. Keep seeing people I love, keep working on my degree, keep bettering my life, and keep myself happy. Just keep going. 

What questions would you like to ask others?: In all seriousness, I want to know how y’all do online school like seriously! I am dying here haha. But kudos to those who do it on a regular before the pandemic. That takes a different kind of strength and patience.

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