|FabryeAnne Robinson credits power of prayer, perseverance for success|
|Written by Chianti C. Cleggett|
|Monday, 07 May 2012 08:35|
Like many students, Robinson has overcome a few challenges throughout her undergraduate years. “My biggest challenge would definitely be being a minority trying to achieve and stay ahead in all of my work. As a minority, I was not given the opportunities of many of my white counterparts,” said Robinson, a psychology major.
She recalled that while many of her white classmates arrived prepared, she and other minorities had many barriers to overcome to adjust to college life. But her will to succeed would not be destroyed.
“I would remind myself of my favorite Bible verses, Jeremiah 29:11 (‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’) and Romans 8:28 (And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.),” she reflected. “I would use those words to encourage myself.”
Her support system also kept her going. “My mom, stepdad and grandparents motivated me to excel. They were always telling me how proud they were of me. They have been my moral support mentally, spiritually and financially,” she said. “I could not have done it without them at all. I know that their prayers were the strongest thing to get me through.”
The help of numerous school staff and faculty members allowed her to gain hands-on experience. “It has motivated me, as a minority student at the University of Alabama, that the professors are dedicated to helping me learn. Their help opened up a lot of opportunities,” said Robinson, who begins her position as a behavioral youth counselor at Youth Villages, a nonprofit in Memphis, Tenn., in July.
Robinson also serves her community as a volunteer and is a member of several organizations, including: Golden Key International Honour Society, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society and the Theta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
When she graduates cum laude on Saturday, it will be a shining moment that she will share with her family and all those who helped light her path along the way.