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Letter from Sherlyne

Sherlyne, standing proud

My name is Sherlyne and I immigrated to the United States of America from Haiti in December 2018. I knew that each change introduced countless challenges, but the hardest part of moving to America for me was learning English.  

Being here I faced numerous obstacles, but they were not unsurmountable. Besides learning a foreign language and immersing myself in the culture, I also had to figure out the educational system because it is entirely different from the one that I was accustomed to.  

I enrolled in Indian River State College’s English a Second Language (ESL) program in 2019, graduated, and enrolled in the GED Program. After earning my GED; I was ready to face the challenges of college. I am a fast learner, a hard-working young woman who has confidence that success is triumphing over hardships, pushing yourself over anything, and everything to achieve the best for yourself.  

I never give up once my mind is set for something. People around me love me for that and are always willing to help me move forward no matter how hard things get. I believe the most valuable things in this world are opportunities,because sometimes all it takes to be successful is a chance to do so. 

This is exactly what Eckerd Connects Workforce Development did for me. They gave me the opportunity to meet my real self; find who I really am and what I am capable of. This program gave me the confidence that I never thought I could possess in this life. I was placed in an internship at Port St. Lucie Volunteer Ambulance Service.  

Sherlyne near an Emergency vehicle

Here I found my calling. I became more responsible. I also discovered what I really want to do with my life and in what career industry. This program gave me the chance to start a new chapter in my life, it allowed me to achieve my goals and it helped me to become the person I have always dreamed of.  

I recently earned my Certified Nursing Assistant license and am enrolled in the Phlebotomy program. I am working as a Respite Specialist at a long-term care facility. My goals are to complete my bachelor’s degree in the medical field as fast as possible and move towards my ultimate dream of becoming a pediatrician.  

I have always wanted to have a career in helping and taking care of children. Becoming a doctor would meet my aspiration to help others. 

Thank you for giving me a chance in a new country. 

-Sherlyne 

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