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Emily Deberry

 

From High School Dropout to Successful College Student, Emily Deberry is Making the Most of Her Opportunities

If you would have told Emily Deberry just a few years ago that she was going to be pursuing a college degree today, she wouldn’t believe you. A high school dropout working minimum wage jobs, Emily didn’t see how she’d ever be in a position to get a college degree, but a friend’s post on Facebook about G.E.D. programs inspired her to look into Richland’s Adult Education program. The rest, as they say, is history.

In January 2017, Emily started to take classes to earn her G.E.D.  She found an environment and instructors that made her feel comfortable.

“I was so nervous, and I don’t even know why now,” explained Emily. 

Once she graduated, the Adult Education program director offered her a job as an instructor’s aide, which was a perfect fit for her since she’d been awarded scholarships to attend Richland to study education. Emily has found that being able to work with other Adult Education students has been rewarding.

“To help them one on one and watch them succeed makes me want to succeed even more,’’ says Emily.

Now, a year in to her college studies at Richland, Emily is involved in student organizations, including H.O.P.E Club and the Student Government Association. In the spring of 2018, Emily won a leadership award from TRiO. Outside of the classroom, she and her kids do homework together. Though it’s been a challenge to juggle family life and school, she knows that all of her efforts are worth it for her boys.

“They’ve seen me graduate with my G.E.D. They’ll see me graduate from Richland and eventually from Millikin, and the fact that I can show them that and be where I’m at, at the age that I’m at, is proving to them that they can do whatever they want, no matter what.

 

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