It was expected that, as Black and Latinx students in a poor area, we wouldn’t make it to college and that we should search for somewhere “safe”. This felt too limiting to me; I always wanted the option to leave Tennessee and I was often told that it would be best for me to focus on staying in Tennessee because it would be less likely that I could get into or afford a school on the outside. It was the Passport Scholars program let me know that I could reach for any place when it came to my education.


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