Many people talk about beating the odds, but one awe-inspiring young woman from the Bronx has truly proven what it really means to come out on top with the weight of the world on one’s shoulders.
The road toward graduating cum laude on Tuesday with a bachelor’s degree in English and a certificate in forensic science was an arduous one for Bianca Jeannot, 22, and not just because of the academic challenges. The College of New Rochelle graduate says she held down four jobs while also helping take care of her two older brothers.
Paul Santons, 34, was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney disease some 11 years ago and is currently on dialysis, while Michael Jeannot, 26, has Down syndrome and requires supervision. The siblings and their mother bounced around homeless shelters and family homes before settling in a government-funded apartment. When their mother died in 2012, Bianca became the family’s primary breadwinner at just 18.(…)
Bianca found time, somehow, to be involved in student government and several other organizations. She was the founder and president of an anime club that won two awards from the student association for presenting the best events on campus. Bianca also wrote for various campus publications and was the editor-in-chief of a literary and arts magazine called Phoenix.
All of this, she did while maintaining a 3.8 GPA that won her several scholarships, including one that allowed her to study abroad in Europe for three weeks.
Bianca loves animals and hopes to pursue a career in animal welfare.
Can we talk about how amazing this girl is just for a second? ♥
After monday, I will official be going to College of New Rochelle. I’m extremely nervous I’ve never been go at making friends and I’m going to live there. Its exciting and nerve wrecking. I need a guide on how to be more open and how to gain friends.