The first 13 years of Nakia Vassell’s life run through her mind like a series of numbers: the seven siblings with whom she spent her early years, the more than eight foster homes she lived in, and the many relatives’ households that she cycled through before she felt she had found stability.
At 24, Ms. Vassell is now in her final year at Queens College, where she is majoring in psychology. With her degree, she hopes to “help children like me,” she said.
Children, especially those in foster care, need additional support, she said in an interview on campus last month.
Ms. Vassell, who was born in the Bronx, sums up her time in foster care as a series of decisions — when to behave, when to leave, when to speak up, when to run away.
“Not all of the decisions were good decisions, but ultimately they led me to a place where I felt safe,” she said.
From ages 13 to 21, she lived in the same foster home, feeling that she had found safety and stability. But she did not make it easy for her new foster mother.
“I put her through hell,” Ms. Vassell recalled. “I wasn’t used to being treated good.”
After years of difficulty, Ms. Vassell said it was a high school psychologist who inspired her to help other children in need.
“That’s who I want to be, I want to be here, I want to help someone,” Ms. Vassell said. “When you don’t have someone you can relate to, especially if it’s someone you’re telling your life to, you’re just sitting there, and you’re O.K., but you don’t even know me, you don’t even know a little bit of what I’ve gone through.”
Ms. Vassell enrolled in the Borough of Manhattan Community College and earned an associate degree in liberal arts before enrolling full-time at Queens College, part of the City University of New York, where she is also earning a minor in English.
Moving from her foster home to a dormitory on campus proved difficult for Ms. Vassell, though. The change was too much, she said, and she nearly failed out of school. She fell into depression.
“No matter how old you are, you feel alone because of your past,” Ms. Vassell said. She added, “I feel like I have to be stronger than others. I have to be tougher than others. I have to do more and be more.”
That mentality is exhausting, she said, and she has suffered deep swings of depression and crippling social anxiety at times.
“Over the years you have to learn how to be resilient so you can learn how to bounce back from lows like that,” she said.
Ms. Vassell wants to take her experiences and use them for good, by pushing for improvements in the foster care system. She now lives on her own in a rent-subsidized apartment on the Upper West Side and is planning on returning to therapy. She commutes every day to the Queens campus, which can sometimes take her up to two hours.
Through F.P.W.A., one of the eight organizations supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, Ms. Vassell received a ,000 scholarship in July to go toward her tuition and living expenses.
“That means a lot to me,” said Ms. Vassell, who formally left the foster care system in November. “It’s money that has helped me in a significant way.”
When she is not doing school work or in class, Ms. Vassell loves to go to museums and galleries. She also enjoys cooking. After she graduates, she is considering graduate school.
In the meantime, Ms. Vassell is hoping to become a foster parent — for dogs and cats.
“I have this space. I’m alone,” she said, “Why not take in an animal that needs some type of love and care?”B:
红牡丹心水论坛企业库【忠】【义】【堂】【大】【厅】【中】。 【龙】【语】【馨】【此】【刻】【又】【换】【回】【了】【黑】【袍】，【坐】【在】【大】【厅】【椅】【子】【上】，【这】【椅】【子】【通】【体】【呈】【现】【黑】【色】，【椅】【背】【上】【是】【一】【只】【正】【展】【翅】【欲】【飞】【的】【凤】【凰】。 【黑】【色】【的】【长】【袍】，【乌】【黑】【凤】【椅】。【加】【之】【忠】【义】【堂】【大】【厅】【此】【时】【昏】【暗】【异】【常】。【点】【点】【烛】【火】【微】【弱】【欲】【灭】。【给】【人】【一】【种】【诡】【异】【的】【压】【迫】【感】。 【也】【不】【知】【道】【忠】【义】【堂】【用】【了】【什】【么】【手】【段】，【能】【让】【大】【厅】【在】【白】【天】【这】【么】【昏】【暗】。【江】【湖】【中】【人】【总】【是】【背】【地】
【除】【了】【邪】【龙】【之】【外】，【其】【它】【龙】【兽】，【龙】【族】【只】【要】【对】【龙】【神】【起】【誓】，【便】【一】【定】【会】【遵】【从】。 【而】【这】【时】【候】，【龙】【浩】【在】【祭】【坛】【下】【往】【上】【走】，【这】【一】【个】【祭】【坛】【有】【九】【十】【九】【个】【台】【阶】。 【在】【龙】【浩】【走】【到】【了】【龙】【神】【雕】【像】【之】【前】，【他】【的】【目】【光】【落】【到】【了】【面】【前】【的】【龙】【神】【雕】【像】【之】【前】，【只】【看】【到】【龙】【浩】【跪】【在】【龙】【神】【雕】【像】【之】【前】。 【龙】【浩】【的】【驭】【龙】【空】【间】【肯】【定】【也】【会】【与】【这】【龙】【神】【有】【关】【系】，【甚】【至】【金】【老】【也】【可】【能】【会】【与】【龙】【神】
【丁】【原】【和】【马】【三】【并】【肩】【杵】【立】【在】【新】【落】【成】【的】【炼】【钢】【作】【坊】【里】，【眼】【前】【是】【一】【人】【多】【高】【的】【炼】【钢】【坩】【埚】，【中】【间】【有】【一】【根】【耐】【高】【温】【的】【吹】【气】【管】，【直】【插】【入】【铁】【水】【之】【中】。 【炼】【钢】【作】【坊】【里】【使】【用】【的】【煤】【炭】【是】【保】【定】【周】【边】【最】【好】【的】【煤】【炭】，【燃】【烧】【施】【放】【的】【热】【量】【十】【分】【充】【裕】，【只】【用】【了】【一】【个】【多】【时】【辰】【就】【把】【生】【铁】【融】【化】【成】【了】【铁】【水】。 【此】【刻】，【整】【个】【作】【坊】【里】【热】【气】【蒸】【腾】，【即】【便】【是】【距】【离】【锅】【炉】【有】【一】【些】【距】【离】【的】【丁】红牡丹心水论坛企业库【三】【人】【来】【自】【不】【同】【的】【三】【个】【家】【族】，【却】【又】【同】【气】【连】【枝】。 【只】【不】【过】，【他】【们】【这】【一】【系】【世】【空】，【已】【经】【沉】【沦】【了】【很】【多】【年】，【根】【本】【没】【出】【过】【象】【样】【的】【天】【才】。 【要】【再】【这】【么】【下】【去】，【万】【一】【那】【天】【他】【们】【老】【一】【辈】【损】【落】【了】，【那】【家】【族】【就】【彻】【底】【废】【了】。 【特】【别】【是】【这】【次】【经】【历】【了】【墓】【陵】【被】【困】【的】【事】【情】【之】【后】，【三】【人】【都】【是】【对】【招】【录】【新】【的】【天】【才】【加】【入】【家】【族】，【极】【为】【着】【急】。 【毕】【竟】，【被】【困】【在】【墓】【陵】【里】【的】
【可】【是】【想】【告】【诉】【他】【师】【傅】，【与】【能】【不】【能】【告】【诉】【他】【师】【傅】【简】【直】【是】【两】【回】【事】，【这】【个】【世】【界】【上】，【不】【是】【他】【所】【有】【的】【事】【情】【他】【都】【想】【告】【诉】【他】【的】【师】【傅】，【告】【诉】【与】【不】【告】【诉】，【有】【的】【时】【候】【是】【真】【的】【很】【无】【奈】。 【甚】【至】【有】【时】【候】【他】【会】【深】【深】【地】【觉】【得】，【说】【一】【说】【这】【其】【中】【的】【一】【些】【事】【情】，【主】【要】【是】【好】【友】【不】【多】，【甚】【至】【很】【难】【去】【说】，【而】【且】【他】【内】【心】【深】【处】，【他】【多】【么】【希】【望】【他】【的】【师】【傅】【可】【以】【理】【解】【他】。 【其】【实】【他】
【李】【老】【直】【接】【就】【点】【了】【一】【些】【石】【雪】【的】【穴】，【石】【雪】【整】【个】【人】【立】【刻】【就】【不】【能】【够】【动】【摇】【了】，【只】【是】【那】【一】【双】【大】【大】【的】【眼】【睛】【还】【是】【一】【直】【都】【在】【死】【死】【地】【盯】【着】【他】【而】【已】。 【他】【的】【速】【度】【很】【快】，【在】【石】【雪】【还】【没】【有】【反】【应】【过】【来】【的】【时】【候】【就】【已】【经】【把】【对】【方】【身】【上】【的】【绳】【子】【给】【解】【开】【了】。 “【嘭】！”【正】【当】【李】【老】【想】【要】【尽】【快】【地】【解】【决】【掉】【这】【件】【事】【情】【的】【时】【候】，【他】【的】【背】【后】【忽】【然】【受】【到】【了】【极】【为】【猛】【烈】【的】【撞】【击】，【然】【后】
【东】【方】【令】【音】【眼】【神】【露】【出】【杀】【气】，【她】【背】【对】【着】【奇】【郁】，【他】【还】【不】【知】。 “【你】【问】【神】【华】【山】【做】【什】【么】？”【她】【已】【近】【冰】【冷】【的】【语】【气】。 “【姑】【娘】，【我】【是】【因】【为】【好】【奇】，【随】【便】【问】【问】。”【他】【当】【然】【不】【能】【说】【实】【话】。 “【不】【知】【道】。”【东】【方】【令】【音】【无】【意】【与】【他】【周】【旋】，【径】【直】【离】【开】【了】，【只】【留】【下】【这】【样】【一】【句】【话】。 【若】【不】【是】【因】【为】【怀】【中】【的】【紫】【季】，【她】【一】【定】【亲】【手】【把】【他】【赶】【出】【去】。【希】【望】【他】【能】【够】【尽】