将创伤转化为对他人的支持，土地O' Lakes/ East Pasco Graduate Takes Her Experience into a Rewarding Career
Sherry 约翰逊 is no stranger to trauma and loss. While life has thrown the unimaginable her way, she has used the challenges and pain to grow and cultivate her passions. These have ultimately fed her desire to make a positive impact 上 the lives of others in a 刑事司法 career.
作为军事配偶，约翰逊知道时代并不总是那么容易。但是那是她的丈夫’梦想着服务，她全心全意地支持他。在履行军事职责的过程中，他们抚养了两个儿子，使他们成为聪明又干练的年轻人。 2009年，约翰逊家族’s lives were shaken—Johnson’s husband, Sergeant First Class Jeremy 约翰逊, was injured in combat. After returning home to retire, 约翰逊’s husband struggled with PTSD and brain trauma, so 约翰逊 selflessly decided to dedicate her time to be his caregiver. “无论是我的丈夫，孩子还是社区，向我提供帮助一直是我的天性。我喜欢减轻人们的压力，让他们的日常生活更轻松，” she says.
While caring for her husband and family became her full-time job, 约翰逊’s world was again shattered when the excruciating news came that her brother had been murdered. The heartache her family endured was unimaginable, yet 约翰逊 worked to try and hold everyone together.
After attending to immediate family and consoling others for so many years, 约翰逊 wanted and needed to do something for herself. She decided to go to college and pursue a 单身汉’刑事司法学位。她知道经历悲剧的心痛，想与他人分享自己的智慧，并将生活中的消极经历转变为积极的经历。她的最终目标和人生使命是帮助那些遭受外伤和损失的人，并担任悲伤的顾问。
尽管她不敢去上学并为家人提供照料，但她很快对在线课程及其提供的灵活性感到满意。“这需要花很多时间才能完成，但是我的孩子在屋子里帮忙，这给我带来了很大的压力。我的男孩们从小就必须学会独立，我为他们感到骄傲，” 约翰逊 says.
辅导员在 拉斯穆森学院 Land O'Lakes /东帕斯科 campus also provided guidance for 约翰逊. “学院真的很棒。辅导员帮助我平衡了繁忙的日程，并在我最需要的时候给予支持，” says 约翰逊. Her instructors acted like her cheerleaders, and she hopes to exemplify that support in her future roles in counseling.
While taking a Victims of 刑事司法 course, 约翰逊’s life seemed to parallel the coursework. She and her family were enduring the trial for her brother, and 约翰逊 was comforted by the fact that she knew the judicial process and what to expect from her class discussions. She was able to comprehend what the attorneys were talking about and could help her family better understand the process as well. It was during this difficult time she was certain she wanted to help other victims of violence, as well as their families, in the future.
In less than three years, 约翰逊 made it to graduation—她家中第一个这样做的人。她不仅要走过舞台接受学位，而且还被要求对即将毕业的班级讲话。“那是一次非常谦卑的经历，我感到非常荣幸能够与如此多的家人在我全家人的欢呼下说话，” she says. 约翰逊 shared her story of seeing the potential in everyone and striving for your dreams, no matter how much time has passed, or how many obstacles are thrown your way.
“自上大学以来，您会感到自我价值感和成功感，这是不可否认的，” 约翰逊 says. “一开始我是如此胆小，但是随着我的不断增强，我的信心越来越强，我为自己的发展感到自豪。我已经成为榜样，这对我来说确实很充实。”