Meet Olya

Optimized-Olya“I majored in psychology at Hunter and was inspired to become a counselor.

I come from a low-income family, and it was really hard to figure out how to pay for school. It took me five years to get my undergraduate degree because I worked so much while I was in school.

I would always worry about money. I used my college’s payment plan, and having to make monthly payments made the situation even more stressful.

After devoting all of that time and effort, I really wanted to get my master’s degree so I could work in the field at a more advanced level. I knew that I couldn’t let money stand between me and the work I want to do.

When I got the loan from HFLS, I was able to pay for graduate school in full, which was like a weight off my chest. Without it, I would have gone to school part-time and worked more, and maybe it would have taken five years, instead of two.

I got a job in the field right after graduating, and I couldn’t have done it without HFLS!” — Olya, Licensed Mental Health Counselor