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Alumni share their road
with at-risk teens
As part of our “Share Your Road” program, University of Phoenix partnered with Road Trip Nation to connect high-school students with alumni mentors. Sit in as three at-risk teens find encouragement from our alumni’s stories.
University of Phoenix and Roadtrip Nation
00:04 I’m 17 years old and I go to Compadre High School.
00:07 I am Christian Layva.
00:08 I attend Compadre High School.
00:11 My name is Danielle Fausia 00:12
00:13 I’m 17, and I go to Compadre.
00:16 It’s a different kind of school.
00:17 A lot of people look at it as a continuation, alternative, and it has a reputation, because a lot of kids that failed classes, or have been in trouble they get sent there.
00:29 I was a troublesome kid.
00:31 In November my sophomore year, that’s when they told me, “We’re kicking you out.”
00:35 I looked around, and I was like, I want to change.
00:38 I want to change who I am.
00:41 I don’t wanna be no one.
00:44 I want to do something with my life.
00:47 It was sophomore year when I got pregnant, and there’s a lot of stuff that’s happened.
00:51 For all four years of high school I haven’t experienced as much as I would like to.
00:56 I got pregnant when I was the beginning of my sophomore year.
01:00 I didn’t have a high school life.
01:02 I had to grow up so fast.
01:04 Once they found out, a lot of people didn’t like me.
01:06 A lot of people just talked about me, and people would say stuff when you go out in public.
01:11 My family didn’t really want to be around me when I was pregnant.
01:15 I guess they were ashamed because I was 15.
01:19 It’s definitely hard.
00:20 It’s definitely the hardest thing I think I’ve had to ever experience, and ever since then I’ve been struggling in school.
01:26 Sometimes I do want to just give up.
01:31 We’re about to go to University of Phoenix to interview people that have been highly successful in their life.
01:39 We’re just gonna talk to them and figure out how they got here today.
01:43 Where were you at when you were our age?
01:45 Did you have any mentors throughout your life?
01:48 What did you want to be growing up?
01:50 When I was your age, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do.
01:54 Throughout my life, I’ve wanted to be different things.
01:59 What you want now at 17, 18 year olds, might change down the line.
02:05 My career path is I’m really happy with where I am.
02:08 Do I need to be a VP?
02:09 Do I need to be a CEO?
02:11 Nah, this is where I am, and I’m good at where I am.
02:14 In life you have to find what you love, and hopefully you get paid for it, which I’m very lucky to be able to do.
02:22 I think talking to them, it helped a lot, and it’s fun to just be able to interact with a lot of people.
02:27 I’ll be able to go off the stories and make my own story in life.
02:34 During our age, could you have ever seen yourself being president or CEO of a company or anything?
02:38 Never in a million years.
02:41 Not unlike the two of you, I was a teenage mother.
02:45 I ended up getting pregnant in my senior year of high school, and had to finish high school at an alternative school, which was, for me, a huge embarrassment.
02:57 Emotionally and mentally I started to really do great, and I didn’t have goals or a vision for the future, or an idea.
03:03 It was like that was going to be my life, which I find phenomenal now that I look back at Susan then.
03:12 It’s like why didn’t you see it?
03:14 Why didn’t you have a vision, or a goal, or see that there was potential for you?
03:20 What I didn’t know was what my education would do for me and where it would take me.
03:24 Above and beyond just the knowledge that you gain is the ability to see something through, and the ability to move forward in life.
03:32 It was really shocking to hear that she was a teen mom.
03:34 She really just touched me and made me want to cry.
03:38 I just really just wanted to hug her.
03:41 Some people, they can tell you that they know it’s hard, but they really don’t understand.
03:47 I’ve never met somebody personally that’s actually been though what we have.
03:53 I just like the fact that she says just keep moving forward, and just go for whatever you really desire to do.
03:58 You guys have all the potential in the world.
04:00 You just have to want it and go for it.
04:02 We live in such a cool time that you guys can do and become whatever you want, as long as you work hard for it.
04:09 Talking to these people definitely made me realize that I can do whatever I want if I work hard.
04:16 I have to fight for the things I want.
04:17 It’s gonna be a challenge for me, but it’s a matter of preparing myself.
04:23 Most of them all had a little bit of struggles to get to where they are today, and they all have really good careers now, and nothing’s just gonna go perfect, but I think in the end it’ll be worth it.
04:31 That’s how I feel.
04:33 This was a really awesome experience.