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November 24, 2009

A CollegeBound scholar who is grateful she got to college

Before everyone in schools heads off for a much-needed Thanksgiving break, here's some thoughts from Glenda Cornish, a CollegeBound scholar, who can remind everyone why they can be grateful for those who work with young people. She wrote this for the CollegeBound newsletter:

"Every young child has some idea of what they want to become when they get older. I was no exception. For as long as I can recall, I wanted to be a lawyer. But how I was raised totally changed that idea. I was raised with an alcoholic father. My mother was addicted to drugs and wasn't in my life. For nine years my younger sister and I lived in this hostile, saddening environment. I was subjected to a lot of cursing and verbal abuse.  What made it worse was that my sister got the worst end of things, most of the time, and wasn't able to adapt under the conditions as well as I did. Even after we moved from my father's home, I could tell that she was still affected by what had happened. Even though going to college has been my dream since I was a child, I also know that I have no other option, due to the life that I have lived. I knew that I have to go to college to not only make sure I survive as an adult, but also to be an example to my sister. I want to show my sister that you can become something great in the future, if you had a horrible past. At Bowie State University, I am studying pedology because I want to become a child psychologist or counselor. Pedology is the scientific study of the life, development, and socialization of children and adolescents and Bowie is the first university in the nation to offer this program. I love children, and I think I would enjoy working in either an elementary or middle school. Most importantly, I realize that children are affected tremendously by their environment, and I want to help children who live in troublesome environments and are starting to go down the wrong path. I want to do for other children what I couldn't do for my sister."

Glenda Cornish is a sophomore at Bowie State University. She is a recipient of The Leslie Moore Foundation Scholarship, Anna and Eli Berkenfeld Memorial Scholarship, and the SHERO Scholarship.

Posted by Liz Bowie at 2:53 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Around the Region


While that is indeed a moving story, it is pathetic that BCPSS has to depend upon College Bound to meet the needs of most of its students. With the system making great gains under Dr. Alonso, it is time to adequately fund college search and awareness programs.

Two points - This young lady should not feel grateful she got to college, she worked hard, overcame obstacles, did what she needed to do and EARNED the opportunity to attend college.

Secondly - if I remember correctly, BCPSS funds College Bound to work at school were graduation and enrollment in college has traditionally been low.

CollegeBound Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with BCPS high school students. The schools do indeed pay for their services. They take students on tours, host college fairs, assist with the college search, selection and application process, and help students find much needed financial aid so they can afford to go. The organization offers their own grants, and manages other scholarships that these students can apply for.

If you want to know more about the organization, visit their website.

Lastly, I agree with you, OverTheTop. Ms. Cornish really worked hard and earned her place at Bowie. It so inspiring to see a girl not beaten down by her circumstances, but made stronger. I wish her all the best in life!

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