At the age of 18, Sophia’s life took a turn for the worse when her father died. Enrolled in college, she was forced to leave school to care for her family. Pursuing a degree was no longer a priority for Sophia, and as the years went by she started a family of her own. Family life was perfect. Sophia purchased a house and was the owner of a thriving business. Sadly, her happy home was torn apart when she discovered her daughter’s father had a substance addiction. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and forced to move back home with her elderly mother. She then underwent a double mastectomy. Defeating cancer encouraged her to change her life and complete her degree. Sophia enrolled at Queens College to pursue a degree in Accounting.

“I want to set an example for my daughter and show her that an education determines your outcome in life.”