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Grandmother Graduates From Clark Atlanta After Leaving HS

She told WABE that films like “School Daze” and shows like “A Different World” helped introduce Chappel to college life.

“I wanted to go to that exact school. Not knowing that they were a made-up school,” she said of her desire to attend one of the fictionary colleges in the film and shows she watched on television.

“I was a young mother. I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life,” Chappel explained. “I actually dropped out of school at 17 in the 11th grade to work.”

She did try to attend beauty school. But work took over as she needed money to provide for her family. Chappel maintained a goal of going back to school to obtain her college degree and hoped to do so before her children graduated college.

“I said ‘I can’t keep telling them and I haven’t done it,’” Chappel recalls telling herself.

However, Chappel kept pushing back her dream to return to school to work and care for her family. When her youngest child was preparing to graduate high school and embark on college, her daughter’s college advisor helped Chappel get the boost she needed to obtain her GED.

Now, five years after overcoming challenges to earn her GED “earlier than expected,” she’s fulfilled a dream by attending her dream college and graduating with a bachelor’s in fashion design.

It comes after decades of practicing her design skills by making clothes for herself and her children. Chappel didn’t even think attending an HBCU with a GED was up her alley.

When it comes to advice she has for anyone struggling with the idea of going back to school, Chappel stresses the importance of moving past any doubts or fears.

“I am a living witness that it’s not too late,” she says. “I will be 49 in September and I’ll be starting my masters.”

Chappel continued. “Never stop dreaming. Never stop believing. Even though time has come and gone, as long as you’re still here there’s still time for you to do what you would like to do.”

Source: Black Enterprise

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