As Focused As Ever...

For nearly 20 years, the Three Sisters Scholarship Foundation has focused on empowering students of color to achieve their college goals.  57 recipients later and we’re as committed as ever to supporting this important group of future leaders.  Getting to college is not easy, getting through it hard and finding gainful employment even more difficult.  Our recipients seem to be navigating and with the advent of services like Linkedin, we are able to see just what our alum have been up to.  Take, for example, the 2010 and 2011 classes as a sample set.  Our alum have the following job descriptions:  Quantitative Associate(Global Research Service), School and Community Program Coordinator(Dance program), Marketing Agent(Hotel Industry), Sales Manager(Hotel Industry), Associate Editor (Global Sports Channel).  We are so thrilled to see these talented individuals continue to thrive year after year.  The students we choose juggle tough course loads with busy extracurricular activities.  In some cases it’s sports, in others it’s employment, in others, it’s community service.  Newspaper editors, student representatives to the Board of Education, school photographers, Honor Society members--they’ve taken on tons of challenges.  We believe this sets them up for success later in life.  What’s most endearing, however, is the creation of self-awareness that these experiences allow our students to experience.  Their ability to face and overcome struggles and challenges in their lives will allow them to stand apart.  We’re thrilled to be there to support them and we can’t thank you enough for your commitment to this incredible group of talent.

 

Getting Back Up: Insights from one of our winners

So with my brother’s academic decline, mine came as well. For the first time in my life, I failed to make honor roll, destroyed my high school straight A streak, and made my first F, among a few I would make that year. I never felt so defeated and embarrassed of myself in my whole life. And unfortunately, first quarter of tenth grade year would be the last time I made any honor roll that year. I felt like I disappointed myself, my parents, and former teachers. I fell short of the high expectations, people like Minister Johnson* had for me, and that I had for myself. It was so frustrating to fail at achieving highly desired goal, but even more so since I declared and promised it out loud.

 

Instead of wallowing in self-pity and carrying my failure into junior year, I decided to help myself, by opening up to friends and speaking with my teachers. I kept what I was going through to myself for a long time, because I was afraid of being judged for plummeting so hard into bad grades from a previously excellent record. Obviously, keeping it to myself was not working. Failure was unacceptable to me, so I was highly embarrassed to be sharing my situation with anyone. I remember my advisory teachers, Ms. Bell* and Ms. Park* telling me, “This is a good experience because, it’s better to experience failure now and learn to overcome it, than to never experience it, or experience it for the first time later in life.”

 

Like I mentioned, failure was absolutely unacceptable to me, I was supposed to be making

straight A’s, so I was skeptical at how this situation could be seen as good. However, I came to realize that they were right! Failure is so essential to growth; it was essential to me becoming the mature and successful person I am now. As a result, I learned that it is okay to open up to people; someone will always be available to lend a loving ear and hand to help a bad situation. And from opening up, I understood what I was possibly doing wrong that I did not see all by myself. This experience taught me to manage my stress and pushed me to work harder in the face of adversity.        

 

*names changed