The past few weeks for a recent high school graduate have been a whirlwind of activity.
When 18-year-old Normandie Alise Cormier of Lafayette graduated May 9 with top honors from the Early College Academy and South Louisiana Community College, she knew that it was just the beginning.
After being accepted into 139 colleges and universities around the country, including 5 medical schools, and having more than $8 million in scholarship money at her disposal, the time had come for Cormier to go before the world with her big college decision reveal.
“Over the past weeks I had narrowed my choices,” she said.
“I knew it was going to be a tough decision because these college admissions offices are so competitive, they were pulling out all the stops to get me to commit.”
Initially, a bit reluctant, but Cormier offered us the scoop on what the colleges were willing to do to have her enroll as a student.
“One college offered me round trip airfare whenever I wanted to travel back home on a quick weekend getaway, and for all the holidays,” she said.
“Another offered more scholarship money, free room and board, meals, concert tickets and Broadway plays,” she said. “That was very NICE and tempting!”
But ultimately, Cormier made the decision to stick close to home and attend Xavier Univeristy of Louisiana.
” I chose Xavier for several reasons. For starters, the New Orleans area offers many opportunities for students to do research work, and internships while in school,” she said. “Secondly, the success rate of its African American graduates is over the top.” she said.
“Last, but certainly not least, of course I love New Orleans and I love my Saints – #WHODAT,” she shouted.
And the best part of it all—- her moving expenses total $30 –in gas.
“Yes, I have free tuiton, free room and board, all my meals are free, my books are free, my school and activity fees are free.”
After graudation, Cormier plans to attend medical school to become an Orthopedic Surgeon with the goal of one day becoming the United States Surgeon General.
(Below is copy of a letter she received in 2015 from former President Barack Obama congratulatiing her on receiving the President’s Education Award.)
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