After six months, I built the confidence to talk to staff about the corps. They told me that if I didn’t have a high school diploma they could help me get one, and job training too. I needed to help my family and take this opportunity – you never know when it will come again. I joined right away.
My first day, I was quite terrified. Being a high school dropout for 2 ½ years, I hadn’t been in a classroom in a while. I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. But I knew there were people willing to help me. I started communicating with other corpsmembers and I realized I wasn’t the only one in this position, which made me feel more comfortable.