"At the start of the year, I was in my dorm room watching the Bishop T.D. Jakes and I felt really empty and I didn't know why. And he was saying if you want to stop doing something, then worship the Lord. So I started listening to worship music all the time and I stopped drinking alcohol that week, and I didn't feel obligated to do it, I didn't feel obligated to go out. I'm a people pleaser too, I tend to try and please people and kind of forget about myself in the process. So I was in my dorm room bawling my eyes out, crying like 'God, teach me the word of God, help me utilize the Bible in my life. I want to give my life to you.' So that week I ran into a student organization here at Rutgers called Disciples on Campus and I studied the bible with them, and I got baptized again. I'm not with them anymore, but I still love God. I read my bible everyday."
"So all of this happened just recently for you?"
"Before college, I believed in Jesus but I didn't live for him. I believed he was my savior, but he wasn't my Lord. I didn't allow him to dictate everything that I did. I was trying to handle life on my own. But He's living through me, I'm His vessel so that people can see Him through me.
At first, I was reading my bible every day and I thought it was difficult, like I just didn't have the time. But you have the time. You have to make your own time. So when I started reading the bible, it started changing me and the way I think and my heart got soft. And my heart was really hard. And I was rude. It just changed the way I look at life, the way I look at people, the way I treat people, talk to people, and what I do with my time. It's just an amazing experience. Every day I read my bible, just to get my day started; To devote my time to Him, and let Him give me the right perspective throughout the day. It really gives me an inexpressible joy. And I know it's so abstract, and I understand why people don't believe, but when you are in it, when you experience it, you understand."
"I'm interested in working with special needs kids. You know, kids that have developmental disorders or mental disorders and like early intervention. And a lot of parents deny that their kids have any kind of problems and that's terrible because then they grow up and they're 12 or 13 and they're, you know, off the wall, or confused or conflicted and it could've been solved or helped when they were younger. So I want to do that."
"What made you interested in helping kids like that?"
"Well my brother actually has Downs Syndrome. And growing up with an older brother with Downs Syndrome is kind of hard, but I see how that early intervention that my mom did, and like having the therapist come and work with him when he was younger really helped him become so high-functioning. He was actually in a program where he went to a regular high school and he was only in a couple classes like the Math classes and Language Arts with the special needs kids, but he was in Gym and all the other classes with everyone and that helped him a lot too. I've also worked a lot with Autistic kids at the Karate school that I work at. And Karate teaches a lot of discipline and it also helps them really get out of their shell because we make them stand up and talk in front of everybody, or make them demonstrate in front of a class of 30 kids. It really helps their confidence as well, like if they can do this then they can speak in front of their class or they can stand up to bullies."