First, I want to start off by saying how blessed and thankful I am for having amazing parents.

The sacrifices they’ve made to raise my brothers and I will forever be honored in my heart.

I’m the middle child of the family, so I get to see my older brothers mistakes. Watching him fail through a lot of situations made me realize that failure wasn’t an obstacle that stopped him in his tracks. He saw it as a learning curve to improve his skills, and knowledge, so that he could progress further in life.

Smiling Business headshot of Jey Ches

Smiling Business headshot of Jey Ches.

Watching him inch toward his goals made me wonder what I wanted to do with my life. My parents wanted me to go to college and I decided why not, school is easy. Pleasing my parents, I decided to go to Iowa State and major in computer science. At the moment, choosing computer science, as my major, felt like it was the right thing to do.

One year into the program, I felt completely lost. I didn’t like what I was getting myself into and before I knew it…depression hit me. Contemplating suicide and having my mind run through a maze that felt like there was no exit. I felt completely defeated.

Deciding if life was worth living anymore, my older brother reached out to me. He had been trying to lend his helping hand to me for years prior, but I just rarely ever accepted it. I wanted my own path, but I didn’t have the slightest clue where to begin. Being surrounded by dark clouds everyday… the hand that was always there was the little, yet giant, change I needed.

He helped change the direction in my life. Now I have amazing friends to enjoy life with and am also creating new healthy relationships. My life is starting to brighten up and I definitely believe that life is worth living for again.

Jey Ches with his University of Iowa State friends

Jey Ches with his University of Iowa State friends.

Business headshot of Jey Ches. Taken by Shounam Ches of Ches Brothers LLC.

Business headshot of Jey Ches. Taken by Shounam Ches of Ches Brothers LLC.

Jey Ches and Shounam Ches parasailing at Young Life Christian Camp

Jey Ches and Shounam Ches parasailing at Young Life Christian Camp

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