A letter from Angelica
Dear Friend of Berea,
Hello, my name is Angelica. Thank you for investing in my future. You have given me so many fresh opportunities, and it would not have been possible without your generous gifts.
I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama where I was educated at inner-city public schools. In my senior year in high school I was introduced to Berea College when I won the Carter G. Woodson Legacy award. The prize included the opportunity to attend Diversity Weekend at Berea which gave me a greater appreciation for the college and the town.
In that same year, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer, my aunt was diagnosed with lung cancer, and my father lost his job. These obstacles could have left me hopeless due to pressure to stay home and care for my family, but my dreams became reality when admissions recruiters introduced us to Berea College. We instantly knew it was my best option.
The opportunity to get a college education without massive student debt has changed my life and I feel very fortunate to share my story. I am the first of my family to attend college, and as an African-American woman from an urban public school, I didn’t experience much political, cultural, religious, or ethnic diversity. This made me closed-minded to others’ views, but Berea’s diverse student body, staff, and faculty helped me open my worldview to new outlooks.
In the fall of 2018, I decided to become a double major in African and African-American (AFR) studies and Political Science with a minor in Business Administration. This was one of the best decisions I ever made. My AFR courses allowed me to learn and appreciate more about my history, my identity, and about the diversity within the African and African-American diaspora. Moreover, interning at the United Nations and studying abroad in China this summer has given me a better understanding of the needs and challenges many developing countries face.
After graduating Berea College in December 2019, I will pursue a dual degree in Law and in International Relations. This will give me the chance to fight for justice for others on a global scale. I never dreamed of accomplishing so many goals while earning my undergraduate degree, but the entire Berea community—including you—helped equip me with the skills, resources, and opportunities to dream bigger than ever.
Without people like you investing in my future, I would not have gotten this far. One day, I hope to become a philanthropist, to give back to Berea College and the other communities that supported me throughout my journey. Again, thank you so much for your continued gifts.
Class of 2019