C'mon Get Happy: Homeless to Higher Education!

Meet Bianca Nickleberry. She's got an amazing story. Bianca says she and her mom were kicked out of the house back when she was just five years old, and they moved all over the place--friends' houses, shelters, and even in their car. Bianca was determined to keep up with her schooling, in spite of their circumstances. She said it was hard doing homework when they were living in the car--there was no good light, so she'd try to finish at school. Fast forward to Bianca's junior year in high school. Things had calmed down some, and she and her mom were living in a home in Plano. She turned to sports, hoping for a scholarship to college. As if her story were not tough enough--she was in the middle of a race at a track meet when her heart stopped. When she woke up two weeks later, she was paralyzed from the waist down. After grueling rehabilitation work, by the end of her senior year she was walking again. Bianca graduated from high school and had a scholarship from the Boys and Girls Club. She continued being a super-determined woman, and took up to eight classes at a time at Central Texas College. 

Bianca then went to A&M-Central Texas, and entered the teaching program. She was involved in student government and was extremely successful--graduating with honors in 2015. She became a teacher in the Palo Alto Middle School in Killeen, and then decided to keep going and applied for admission to the A&M-Central Texas graduate program in education. Last month, Bianca graduated, the first woman in her family to earn a Master's Degree!! 

She is excited to be a teacher so she can impart to other kids to believe in themselves and that they can accomplish anything. Bianca is living proof!!


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