Whatever It Takes

Sharifea Sharifea

The word “resilient” doesn’t begin to describe Sharifea. Her mother, a recovering drug addict suffering from hepatitis, places Sharifea as the primary caregiver of her two younger siblings-waking them every morning, preparing their meals, checking on their homework, etc. Nevertheless, Sharifea remains cheerful throughout, and impresses teachers with her dynamic presence and hard work. Midway through the year, however, Sharifea receives failing marks in every class. At a crossroads in her young life, Sharifea has two choices: risk repeating the same life of her mother, or grab hold of her dreams of attending college.

Born into hardship, rising to excellence

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