'I began my educational career at UMass Boston in September 2009. At this time, I was also going through treatment & recovery from PTSD & alcoholism as a result of my service in Iraq in 2004. Initially I started as a biology major but switched to a history major as history is my passion and I excelled in this discipline. I became president of Phi Alpha Theta and graduated with honors in May 2014. I am the first college graduate in my family. Pictured: Donna Elizabeth Russo.'