Krystal Vazquez ’01 – Financial Aid Profile

financialI view Groton School as saving my life. That may sound extreme but let me explain: I was a good student all through grade school but at some point during middle school, I began hanging out with “the wrong crowd.” My mother had died when I was 8 and my father was never very active in my life so it was my grandmother who was my primary parent at that point — and who remains like a mother to me. My good grades landed me a Groton School scholarship, which was absolutely pivotal in getting me out of Spanish Harlem and setting my life on its positive course. I have no doubt that had I stayed with the particular kids I had begun to gravitate towards, I would have gone down a disastrous path. Instead, I got a fabulous education at Groton and then at Trinity College and am now working in administration at Opportunity Charter School in my old neighborhood, and spending my weekends working with foster kids.

I haven’t yet decided whether to pursue a master’s in teaching or in social work—both my weekday job and my weekend job are so compelling, it’s a tough choice. What I am certain of, though, is that Groton for me was a life-altering pivot point. I don’t know who provided the scholarship I was awarded, but I hope they know what an impact their gift had.

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