Hi my name is Kyrstal May, but some people call me “May.” I am 22 years old and originally from Monroe, Louisiana. I was raised by my single mother who died at the age of 15, which is when the path to homelessness started. For three years, I had been moving from couch to couch with family and friends. Once I realized the instability in living with family and friends, I took a chance and came to California with faith and a dream.
Since living in California, I have lived in a transitional home to help me get stabilized and find a job and a permanent place to stay. In this experience, independence has to be the most important lesson that my transition to adulthood has taught me. I have learned to believe in me enough to get past any fear that I have and to be mature enough to desire it.
My future goal is to be a social worker. I would like to turn my experiences and trials as lessons for other young adults who may be going through the same thing I went through. I firmly believe that a lot of our adult problems were generated as children, so I want to be that person that eliminates the issues as children before they grow.