Sonetha emigrated to the United States with the intention of enrolling in college. But due to being unemployed and undocumented, she was unable to apply for college. Instead, she worked for minimum wage at a beauty salon. However, when she became pregnant with her first child, she was inspired to pursue higher education again. She enrolled in BMCC and later transferred to Baruch College. Unfortunately, her daughter had chronic asthma, which forced Sonetha to drop out of school to care for her. The hiatus lasted sixteen years, but Sonetha returned to college with a new outlook. Not only did she want to obtain a degree, but she wanted a career where she could make a difference. Sonetha enrolled at Hunter College to pursue a degree in Nursing.

“As I took a closer look at my present self, I see patience, I see compassion, and I see purpose.”