I initially went to college in Rockville, Maryland but left in 2003 to take care of my son, who is autistic. After 12 years and a move to Colorado, my son is in a better position now than when he was younger, so I decided to go back to school. My life was about taking care of other people; now it is time to take care of myself. I could not find a more rewarding thing than to go back to school. Classmates say I don’t have a life; I say “My life is school.” My first class after coming back to college was with Rhonda Hattar. She shaped me; she gave me a gift. She showed me “You do the work; you see the result.” The way she teaches you have to be there to get it. You need to pay attention, you need to do the work, and you need to show respect for the class and your classmates. CCA has made me believe in myself; it really made me feel like I was part of a community. My next goal is to transfer to University of Colorado Denver with the goal of becoming a pharmacist.