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Enlightenment — Oregon

My name is Nina Sco and though I have lost a lot of small privileges that I previously had taken for granted, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I was finishing up my senior year of high school and one day I was in a classroom with people who I called my friends, and the next day I started working full time at my part time job. Therefore, the transition was a big step for me. But I had to go to work because that was the only way I would be able to get to the college I was planning on going to. I worked so hard all year to get as many scholarships as I could and it didn’t work out. I worked as much as I could but I knew if I went to Arizona for school I would not be able to stay afloat for as long as I was hoping to. So I decided not to go, and within the next 6 months I bought myself a car, signed up for a community college, and started a lash extension business all on my own.

I am now working towards my dreams of becoming a fashion lifestyle personality that spreads positivity to girls like me. I love to make people smile and it has honestly become something I pride myself of and have found as a muse lately to all my creative outlets. If this pandemic never happened, I probably would have gone to school in Arizona, ran out of money, and I would have been in tons of debt right now. However, I’m actually doing the exact opposite and I am so grateful for the people it has brought and taken from my life. I’m still going at my own pace while still pursuing my dreams. Thank you for reading my story. If you want to continue to follow my journey, join me @nina_sco and @ninaslashbarr.

— Nina Sco, 18

Salem, Oregon


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