My name Is Kimberly Givens. I am from Indianapolis, IN. I use to want to take up pharmacy tech in my younger days but I didn’t finish traditional high school due to many struggles. My plans kind of went left after that. I found out about The Excel Center in 2017 and applied. My struggles with learning and other life situations again got in the way so I stopped going again. I continued this on throughout the next few years and once again I stopped going. I was taking care of my kids and working a full time job and trying to do school. Their dad was around but wasn’t much help. Finally I wanted more in life I started working extra hard and had me a house built all on my own. Things were starting to look up. I felt happy and felt like I got away from a rough relationship. I felt free and ready to go back to school. I was attending The Excel center in 2021 and I made a promise to my best friend that this was it this was the year I was going to finish school. While on winter break my my best friend was murdered in front of me out of jealousy by my children’s father. January of 2022 changed my life completely. Everything came crumbling down. I went it to a deep depression. I eventually lost everything and became homeless. I spent 2.5 months in a shelter before I was accepted in the Coburn Place which is a transitional housing facility for women who experienced DV. I was dying on the inside and still battling with suicidal thoughts. I knew I had to do something to keep me here for my kids. I thought about how I promised my best friend that I was going to finish and I had no choice but to go back and finish. I didn’t go back to The Excel Center but enrolled in Christel House Dors. I enrolled in August of 2022. Going to school while grieving and trying yo go on with life when you don’t even want to live is the hardest thing ever. I cried so much there were days I didn’t show up to class. I kept using through in Memory of my best friend. I got enough credits to where I was able to start my certification which I needed to graduate. I chose welding. I passed my welding class and got my certifaction in December of 2022. I now at that point had every thing I needed to graduate. I was still grieving so all these negative thoughts were rushing back. I knew I needed to be busy I asked my school if I could take another class. They agreed so I took up KLR for Pharmacy Tech. This class kept me busy and focused but at times I still wanted to quit. I pushed through and did it. Throughout the course my passion for the Pharmacy Field came back to me and I was excited to be doing what I always wanted to do. What I enjoyed most about the class was it kinda brought life back to me when I felt dead. I enjoyed the projects and different practices we took daily. What helped me most during the class were the quotes of the days and the you can do hard things affirmation daily. My experience with you was great. I appericated that you meant business and were hard that’s what kept me motivated. My plans next are to move to Florida and start some where in a pharmacy eventually I want to switch to being an EKG Tech.