From the Register-Mail:
Chanda Wade is not like her mother.
And Sheri Wade worked very hard to make sure her daughter wouldnâ€™t be.
Chanda is 21 years old, a senior at Knox College and lives in her own apartment on Galesburgâ€™s north side. She was a successful athlete who always did well in school. A Gale Scholar, she graduated from Galesburg High School in 2006 and always felt there was a clear path to a future that included college.
Chanda earned an associateâ€™s degree in arts from Carl Sandburg College and is a black studies major at Knox. She plans to pursue a masterâ€™s in human resources at Webster University in St. Louis. Her life is a long way from the one her mother lived as a 21-year-old.
â€œAt that time, my mother was raising babies and working. Working hard,â€ Chanda said. â€œMy mom dropped out of the 11th grade â€” at GHS â€” to give birth to my oldest brother, Jarvis. She worked the whole time I was growing up, two jobs â€” as a housekeeper and a CNA (certified nursing assistant). I have two older sisters and my older brother. She had to work hard to support us.
â€œI saw my dad quite a bit, too â€” mostly on weekends. My family was very supportive and my mom always stayed on top of me to make sure I did well in school. Iâ€™ll be the first one in family to graduate from college. My sisters and mom are a huge influence on me to get my masterâ€™s. If it wasnâ€™t for them, I would probably join the work force right after I graduated from Knox.â€