I graduated from Thomson High School in May 2004. I left there and started at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. Since I have started here, I have maintained a 3.5 GPA, and was just recently rewarded a scholarship thru ABAC called the George Conger Scholarship.
I also work in the office of academic affairs on ABAC campus. Working here has made me see just how much the faculty and staff does at ABAC to try and give every student any kind of help, from tutoring to financial aid and scholarships. Even me, I never thought I would be good enough to receive such a blessing as a scholarship. I believe that I get that state of mind from a few of the people at Thomson High School.
Whenever I started my senior year at THS, I was never once advised or recommended to apply for scholarships. Yes, they made the announcement, but in my last few weeks there, when I showed the most interestİin college and needing all and any help I could get, I received no help.
To me it seemed like they saved it for the athletes, the ones who had perfect grades and really did not need the help financially.
I was awarded this ABAC scholarship based on an autobiography, GPA, and most importantly, financial need.
I think the faculty at Thomson High should re-evaluate who and how they chose students for the scholarships. Little do they know, the students they dislike the most, the ones who show little initiative and interest, just need a push in the right direction. These students can be the ones who turn out to be at the top of the class and succeed, just like I am doing.
Basically what I am trying to say is: we want to go to college too! Don't give all the money to the wealthy kids who will go regardless because their parents can pay for it! If you give us the chance, we can be just as smart and successful.
And to all the people at Thomson High who thought it was impossible for Summer Janca to succeed, believe it!