By Christina Batt.

“Life is eitlier a daring adventure or nothing at all”. This quote by Helen Keller explains my life. I was not always in the stable position which I am in today. I was born into this world in a condition not fit for any newborn. I was birthed by Angela Brown at Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington D.C. Shortly after I was released from the hosptial, I was left with an unwilling caretaker and I was then admitted to Howard University Hospital.

When I was about two months old, God blessed my sister and I with an older christian couple. Christine and Henry Batts had interest in helping out kids in need. They have had other foster kids in the past, however, the connection we had was unbreakable. My only memory of a family is with the Batts. When I began to talk I referred to them as Mom and Dad. They took my sister and I in as their own and turn our life around. They decided to adopted us and we have been a happy family ever since.

My Mom and Dad made sure to keep me active in school and in extra curricular activities. I remember when I was a child, my mom always made sure my sister and I read plenty of books. Every night when I came home from school she sat with us to help with homework. When I was 9 years old, I played the violin at Oxon Hill Elementary School. My parents always insisted that I took an interested in music. I eventually ended up experimenting with the French Horn and several percussion instruments. When I was about 10 years old, I joined a track and field team. This was the first time I participated in an active sport, it sparked my competitiveness. After moving and entering a new school, in the 9th grade at Frederick Douglass High School, I needed something to keep me busy and out of trouble. I joined the junior varsity Softball team. Also while attending Frederick Douglass H.S, I joined the varisty cheerleading team. Immediately I knew that this was my passion. I made captain my first year on the team. This opportunity enhanced my leadership skills.

I graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 2010. Though I was very proud of myself, I knew I could do much more. I was enrolled to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and attended the semester immediatley after I graduated from high school. All my life I had an interest in criminal cases and mysteries, so when I went to college I knew I wanted to major in Criminal Justice. When I went to college, at first I was nervous to be two hours away from my parents. Once, I started classes and learned more about criminal justice, I became more excited about my new routine. As a freshman, I made the varisty cheerleading team at UMES. I leading the UMES cheerleading team as their captain during my junior and senior year.

As my college career was coming to an end, I decided that I needed to improve my college experience. In January 2014,1 decided to join the National Society of Leadership in success. By doing so, I was giving the opportunity to form peer networking groups, receive advice from successful people, and participate in leadership framing. In order to improve my college experience, I also became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated in April 2014. Joining Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated was one of the biggest decisions I have made in life thus far. By joining this sorority, I have made a lifetime commitment of “service to all mankind”.

I am now days away from graduating college. And after looking back on where I started to where I am, I know that I owe my success to my parents. They were my cheerleaders, motivation, and supporters throughout my life. Without them I probably would have not taken my education so seriously. The fact that they always wanted the best for me pushed me to want the best for myself. Though I have been through some trials and tribulations in my life, I do not consider my life hard. My parents allowed me to have access to the means necessary to be successful in life. I am aware that if they did not adopt me into their lifes when I was an infant that I may not have access to those means. My parents saved me from a life of hardship. I constantly think of foster kids and neglected children who story doesn’t turn out as happy as mine. I realize that it could have been me. So when I walk across that stage I’ll think, if I, a boarder baby can receive a Bachelors of Science, anybody can.