For one 18 year old not graduating from college isn’t an option.
Shawntae Bailey was one of hundreds of students moving into their dorms at Southern University and is the first in her family to attend a University.
“It’s making me kind of nervous because I’ve never been on my own before, but I’m kind of excited,” Bailey said.
Working hard throughout her childhood she says she’s been waiting on the moment to go to college and make her family proud.
“I was close to the top of my class, I ended up with a 3.8 GPA. My brother went to college but he dropped out so I want to be the one to finish,” Bailey said.
Losing her dad at the age of six, she says she’s doing this for him.
“If I feel like giving up I’ll think about him and what he’d say,” Bailey said.
Her cousin Olivia George helped her move in and says she wishes Bailey’s dad could see the young woman shes turned out to be.
“He took care of them until his last breath so I know he’s very proud of her,” George said tearfully.
George says she knows he’s looking down on her from heaven.
“I know he’s getting his second-line on [in heaven], George said.
Though her dad is no longer here Bailey says she is grateful that her other family members were able to help her move in and that no matter how hard it gets she will not quit.
“I’m just not going to give up because I know he wouldn’t want me to give up,” bailey said.
Bailey is majoring in psychology and has dreams of becoming a clinical psychologist.