Someone once shared this anonymous saying with me; “A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn.” Marie Bounds, Minneapolis GED student, reminds me often that she did not fail to make the turn. Marie first enrolled in the Minneapolis Northside Adult Basic Education program in November 2010. She has attended class almost every day since.
Marie is a high school dropout. When asked why she dropped out, she ponders for a moment and then explains, “You know, I didn’t receive any support from my family. I was busy babysitting for cousins and helping in other ways during the day. No one bothered to come to events at school. I became discouraged. I simply lost the will to try.” Twenty-eight years later, the pain of not graduating is still visible on Marie’s face.