||I'm a first year college student at Southern Utah University. I came here to pursue my love of music and get a degree in music education with a percussion emphasis. There have been countless people who have changed my life, and I want to change someone's life as well. I hope I can become a teacher kids can look up to and talk to when they don't have anyone else. I want to help kids succeed with their lives through music and with their love and passion. Music saved my life and I want to share that love with the world. I'm the fourth of five kids and I struggle with heath problems. I have celiac, stomach ulcers, and developing polyps on my colon. As hard as that is, it's given me a true understanding and love of life. I can't imagine where I would be without my life trials. It's made me who I am and the strong person I've become. I'm a lesbian. I've known my whole life, but where I grew up, it was looked down upon. I came out when I was in 9th grade and it didn't go well. I was constantly bullied and it only got worse. Towards the end of my senior year, it all finally started to look up and people respected me. It's been a hard thing to deal with, but it's opened me up to my true friends and a lot of kids have come to me to talk about their questions. I care about my family and I want to give back to my mom. She is my hero and there isn't much I can do, being a college student. All she wants is for me to succeed and take care of me. Please help me to give back to this world.