Like many college students, in her five years at Cuyamaca College Shanae juggled a full-time job, a family with small children, school, and community volunteer work. She took a break from school, but persisted after finding a better way to organize her responsibilities, and with the support of her husband and family.
While a student, Shanae was actively involved in UMOJA, a college support program for underserved students. It is through her engagement with the organization that she met her “wonder-counselors” who provided her the one-on-one attention she needed to prepare and excel in school. Through UMOJA she met peers, friends, and found another community that could help her to succeed.
Currently, she is a student worker for the County of San Diego and loving it. Long term, Shanae wants to serve the community by creating better infrastructure – buildings/housing, transportation, and/or better resources for children.
“I want to see my people succeed and be proud of where they come from,” said Shanae.