I AM…mother, registered counselor, recovering addict, OC alum
I attended OC from 1999-2002 and received my AAS with honors. I was involved in OC’s student government, campus clubs, and campus activities. At that time, I planned to continue my education at Western Washington University in Human Service with an emphasis in Education and Administration.
Then, my life changed dramatically. I fell headfirst into drug addiction and the life that accompanies it. I had a son who was removed from my care by Child Protective Services. I ended up in prison for drug related crimes and behavior.
When I got out of prison, I was unsure how I was going to support myself and my son (who I got back after a lot of hard work and dedication). I decided to use my experience as an asset and got into classes at OC in the Family/Human Service Program.
I am now a Registered Counselor and working in an outpatient addiction treatment center. OC offered me some of the tools to start my life over. I love Olympic College and what it has to offer.
I think that I am OC. I represent a new beginning, a do over. I think that my adversity has become a great university.