Hello, my name is Victoria. I'm a first generation student, mother, queer, social justice organizer, proletarian, abuse survivor, and 4.0 student. I attend Portland Community College and work part-time. My mission is to ease burdens for as many lives as I have ability. I measure success by the quality of life for the least fortunate members of our communities. I've volunteered throughout adulthood and continue to on campus. Being older and a driven woman of action, I have more life experience than traditional students. I've been a beauty instructor, construction contractor, Independent Media Center editor/outreach coordinator, arts and social justice center co-coordinator, and I'm currently Executive Director for Associated Students of PCC. After losing my business, I was making minimum wage and considering one of my life dreams: to get an education. I had only completed 7th grade before leaving home. At 16, I got my GED to begin college. However, I became pregnant and my life went down other paths, which brought me here. I began college to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in social work. As a former homeless queer youth, I will use my experience and education to design social programs. Living my life has been about learning the art of turning a nose dive into flight. In tough times, visions for my future provide destinations to focus on so that I don't wallow and sink in the despair of the present.
Another life dream is to travel to Europe. I'm from Portland, OR and haven't lived anywhere else. I have chosen London because I love British pop culture, have always felt a personal affinity for London, and there are exciting opportunities for me to gain experience through the volunteer component of my study abroad program. London has a network of programs exclusively for sexual minority homeless youth!
That is my career focus. My goal is to volunteer for Jigsaw; the program that acts as a switch board for this network. Thus, I could have exposure to the entire system and bring that valuable perspective to my community. I am indescribably grateful that this, once out-of-reach, dream is coming true!
Journal Entries By Victoria
Posted on Jun 08th 2014From England
Posted on May 30th 2014From England
Posted on May 23rd 2014From England
Posted on May 09th 2014From Poland
Posted on May 02nd 2014From United Kingdom
Posted on Apr 24th 2014From United Kingdom
Posted on Apr 18th 2014From United Kingdom
Posted on Apr 10th 2014From United Kingdom