Meet Da’Shaynelle: She is an AC Roadrunner, 21 years old, and a first-generation college student planning to graduate in May 2021. As the oldest child of a single-parent family, she often cared for her siblings, providing homework guidance, cooking meals, and doing many other tasks while her mother worked multiple jobs. At Angelina College, she quickly became a valuable work-study student for the Workforce and Continuing Education Division. This semester, Da’Shaynelle encountered a financial crisis that she felt was insurmountable; her dreams of college were ended. As she planned to drop out of school, AC employees learned of her critical situation. Funds of $200 were provided to cover her financial obligation. Through many tears and mentoring from AC employees, Da’Shaynelle’s dreams of a college education are again on the horizon. This young lady experienced first-hand, Roadrunners taking care of Roadrunners! Her life is forever changed.
We are so proud of the 2021 Angelina College graduate, Da’Shaynelle Arline! You may remember the article written about Da’Shaynelle in last year’s East Texas Giving Day letter. At that pre-COVID-19 time, she was pursuing her dream to become the first college graduate in her family. During the semester of 2020, Da’Shaynelle encountered a financial crisis that she felt was insurmountable; her dreams of college were ended, and she planned to drop out of school. With the help of many at Angelina College, she will achieve that dream on May 8 when she receives her Associate’s Degree in Business Management.
Da’Shaynelle said, “It was hard leaving campus, returning home to my grandmother’s house in Oakhurst, but with the encouragement of Esther Campbell, Donna Busler, and others at AC, I kept taking classes, made the Dean’s list twice, and accomplished my goal. Now, I plan to apply to the AC Police Academy and give back by serving others.” This young lady experienced first-hand ROADRUNNERS taking care of ROADRUNNERS.