Education wasn’t a priority in Amaris’ household. At the age of seventeen, her abusive parents kicked her out of their home, forcing Amaris to enter the workforce to survive. It quickly became evident to her that she wouldn’t be able to support herself without a GED. She earned her GED and enrolled at LaGuardia Community College to pursue a Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Psychology. While attending college, Amaris’s financial situation put a strain on her emotional and mental health, yet she managed to maintain a high GPA and remain on the Dean’s List. Amaris aspires to own a practice where she can help people with their mental, nutritional and physical health. Amaris enrolled at LaGuardia Community College to pursue a degree in Nutrition.

“I hope to one day assist in breaking stigmas associated with mental illness by creating a safe place to have open discussions about difficult topics.”