Petra was a victim of childhood abuse. As an adolescent she struggled with self-esteem issues, interpersonal relationships, and unresolved emotions that almost led her down the wrong path in life. Under the guidance and care of a dedicated art and psychology teacher, Petra discovered art as a medium of expression to release her repressed memories onto canvas. With this new voice and outlet, she has been able to develop and realize her dreams of a hopeful future as an artist and to focus on her faith. She graduated from YES Prep Public School and moved on to college.