Scholar Spotlight: Anita

We are proud to spotlight another of the 2016 JCRF scholarship recipients, Anita Garcia-Harris. Anita spent a lot of her high school years experiencing a plethora of emotions from anger to numbness, anxiety to appreciation and finally gratitude. Anita grew up with her grandparents as her mother struggled with alcoholism, but they were reunited when she was in high school. This was a difficult transition, so while learning to live with her recovering mother again, Anita began to rebel and behave erratically which resulted in the realization that she needed help to regain control in her life. She was diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder and began to search for the right treatment. After extensive treatments in several places, she learned how to take control of her feelings and advocate for herself and soon became known as the wise one amongst her peers – both in treatment and out.

Anita is grateful that she and her mother have a strong relationship now and she looks forward to her future, thanks to the support she received from her high school guidance counselor. She feels fortunate that she has been given the chance to learn from her experience and is excited to be attending Montclair State University in New Jersey to study marine biology this fall.

“All in all, I am lucky to have this opportunity to tell my story and feel happy to know support is out there for people with mental illness,” she says.

We are the lucky ones, Anita, your story spoke to us. We are so proud of your ability to learn from your experience and #MOVEFORWARD! We can’t wait to see what your future has in store for you!

If you’re ready to do the work, we’re ready to help!

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