It can be scary to be the first in your family to go to college, but Brandi’s parents guided and pushed her as a child to do her very best, even though they did not attend college firsthand.
Brandi took the big leap and is attending college at the University of Akron Wayne Campus, where she is studying to become a nurse. She and her sister were the first in her family to complete high school. Their mom wanted them to finish high school and do more than she did.
As a mom of three, Brandi wanted her children to be proud of her. It is difficult juggling school, work, and parenting, but Brandi knows that investing in herself will pay off.
The ABLE (Adult Basic Literacy and Education) program, a United Way partner agency, tutored her in math and test taking. They helped her to complete her GED. ABLE also offers daycare for young children to help them get ready for kindergarten. Parents and their children can attend classes to-gether to reinforce reading together and good parenting skills.
After earning her GED, the Wayne County Career Center motivated Brandi to take her education to the next level. “Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Stick with your goals. Always know that you can do it!”
About one-third of college students today choose to be first generation college students. Life can be a lot harder if you choose not to be a first. Brandi chose to be a first.
–Brandi from Shreve