To reach her goal, Charlette took charge of the things in her life she could control. She studied hard and stayed focused, regardless of what was happening on the streets around her.
And in middle school, she started playing on a basketball team, which gave her even more discipline.
By high school, college was within Charlette’s reach. She was one of the top five students in her class and a star on the basketball team.
But her schedule was tough. She had basketball practice every night until 7 o’clock, and for a while she also had a job. Then, when she got home, she helped out around the house.
“Sometimes I wanted to relax,” Charlette remembers, “but I also wanted to help my mom. I did laundry and dishes and cleaned the house.”
Charlette juggled these responsibilities as best she could, and every day brought her closer to her dream.
Finally, she was a senior, and it was time to apply to college.