In reading and hearing of so much negativity, turmoil and destruction in our world, a great story about overcoming adversity can serve as a nice little pick-me-up every once in a while, wouldn’t you agree? Well, you’d be hard pressed to find a more uplifting story than that of Quiana Childress.
Childress went from a homeless 16-year-old girl living in her car, to graduating from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff with the highest GPA in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Her story was so moving, the commencement speaker actually singled out Childress and her remarkable journey during the graduation ceremony. Oh, and did I mention the commencement speaker just so happened to be Michelle Obama?!
“If Quiana Childress can go from being homeless to graduating with the highest GPA, not just in the Biology Department, but in the entire School of Arts and Sciences, then surely, I can overcome whatever adversity I might face in my own life,” said the First Lady.
Not too shabby of a compliment comin’ from one, Michelle Obama, eh?
photo credit: thanks to Werwin15 via flickr