India Durden

College access is a integral mission for Essential2Life. Because of the strategic relationship E2L builds with colleges and universities across the country, at-risk students have the opportunity to engage in life altering experiences by having access to higher education. India explains her experience of how the "15" leadership program has changed her life. 

Fifteen Alum | Lee University

Without the FIFTEEN leadership program, I really have no idea what I would be doing with my life.  FIFTEEN helped me get into a great private university and also gave me the opportunity to be paired with amazing mentors that have helped me not only with academics, but with life challenges.  I am glad that I was given the opportunity to further my education.  As I look back I wish that all urban students could get into a program like FIFTEEN, because every other Saturday they helped me get my mind off of being homeless.

College life for me has been great. I have gotten the chance to actually be with people from all around the world.  Even though I never left the country, I was in culture shocked, but in a good way.  This is my junior year of college, and I am a part of the Video Production Club and I am also a Big Sister for a local mentoring program.  My sophomore year I was Secretary of a diverse group on campus called Umoja, which seeks to aid in the retention and recruitment of students of color.

I thought graduating High School would be my major life accomplishment, 
but college, is a whole new game for me.  Sometimes it still shocks me
that I am in college, and will be graduating soon.                                                                                                                          

India Durden
Lee University

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