When my parents told me I was enrolled in Hemet Adventist Christian school, I was not thrilled. I wanted to stay in public school, but little did I know that this was a step in the right direction. I felt right at home on my first day of classes. I was thankful for the positive and motivating environment. I was not afraid to speak up and ask questions, since it was a smaller class size. I always felt challenged academically. My teachers knew me by name and cared for the success of each student. I always looked forward to Friday Chapel Time and especially when Pastor Mike came and played his guitar. Pastor Mike's talks were inspiring and of course, who could forget our 6-8 grade backpacking trips he took us on..... I chose to remain in Adventist Education and graduated from La Sierra University with a Bachelor's degree in 2016, and received my Master's in 2019. Currently, I have accepted an offer from the Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health to pursue a PhD. in Clinical Psychology. What I am certain of is that Adventist Education is by far one of the more valuable gifts that my parents could have given me. Focusing on building a solid foundation of Christian values has helped me to remember that our Creator has a greater purpose for all of us if we choose to let Him be the one to guide us.