A star student and athlete at Charlestown High School, Teresa was accepted early decision to Stanford University, even though she had applied for the regular admission cycle. Upon moving to Northern California to begin her freshman year at Stanford, Teresa struggled being so far from home. “The cultural differences, separation from my family, and anxiety all took a toll on my confidence,” she says. She returned home to Dorchester and worked at the local Boys and Girls Club though her mind was always focused on going back to school. In December 2008 she felt she had experienced enough setbacks and she fully committed herself to returning to college. She began taking classes and excelling at Bunker Hill Community College, and was awarded an Alray Scholarship. She later transferred to UMass-Boston where she served as a key leader and starter on the women’s basketball team. Teresa earned her Bachelor’s degree from UMass-Boston in May 2013.