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Rising Above It: My Unexpected Road to College

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“Mom! Mom! I got accepted in to Alabama State University!” “Wait, what? Hold on girl.” My mom puts her friend on hold and asks me what I said. “Mom, I got into college!” “Oh. Girllllll! Ok.” She gets back on the phone, “Girl, Bernetta has gotten into college.” And she went back to cleaning. I actually don’t remember us having another conversation about it after that. I remember standing there excited for myself but also wondering why my mom didn’t appear as excited for me. I wondered why she didn’t get off the phone to discuss the where’s, the how’s, the when’s of a possible life changing experience. I wondered why, at the moment I was on top of the world but also felt alone there.


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