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Stephanie Caraballo

AA Liberal Arts, Class of 2015

"I am open with my fellow classmates in every term about my personal battle, and have been well supported."

As a former high school dropout, it has always been my intention to go back to school and graduate. In 2010, I achieved that goal and earned my high school diploma through a home-based program. After studying hard for ten months I graduated with a 3.0. Once I completed that goal, I knew I had to push forward. One obstacle to some would have been living with bipolar disorder. However, in school, whether it was earning my high school diploma, or now attending Southern New Hampshire University, I have not seen myself as having any additional needs in my studies because of my condition. I do not see myself as any different than other students because I am not the only one who has a mental illness. If anything, it makes me work and study harder to prove my full potential. I am open with my fellow classmates in every term about my personal battle, and have been well supported. You should never let any personal battle stand in your way of achieving your goals.