MCHS 2014 graduate Amy Nguyen and her mentor, Laura Standard, used to sit together just talking about what Nguyen might do after high school – where she might go to college, what she might study, where she might live.
“We called it college dreaming, and we did it a lot,” Standard said. “I wanted her to know how important education could be to her life – that there was nothing she couldn’t do if she was willing to work for it.”
And work for it she has.
This week Nguyen will become a college freshman at Georgia State University in the heart of Atlanta, where she will study nursing, and where she will begin fulfilling a long held dream.
“I’ve always tried to give her college as a possibility,” Standard said. “She was really struggling in the sixth through ninth grade and I kept talking to her – four more years, three more years, two more years…you can do it. It’s so beautiful to see where she is now.”
It’s been a long and often not so easy road that took a combination of hard work and determination, a lot of help from others and a good bit of “the God thing,” as Standard calls it.
For unlike many recent high school graduates, college was by no means a “given” for 18-year old Nguyen.
In fact, for this daughter of Vietnam and Cambodian refugees, college, or even high school graduation, at one time may have seemed an unlikely prospect.
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