Sisters support each other through college studies

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May 01, 2012

Sisters Brandy Parham and Rachel Turner are true achievers.

The Eatonton, Ga., natives grew up living with Sisters Brandy Parham and Rachel Turner both plan to teach after graduating together Saturday. Sisters Brandy Parham and Rachel Turner both plan to teach after graduating together Saturday. parents who had drug and alcohol addictions; supported their own families with children; and passed all their classes at Georgia College with flying colors.

The sisters spent their entire childhood together, helping each other through life’s obstacles. During May graduation, Parham and Turner also will cross the university’s graduation stage together to receive their diplomas.

“We know the difference between life is hard and a hard life,” said Parham, 31. “I’ve always wanted more for Rachel’s and my future than just getting by and never getting ahead.”

Parham, an English major, and Turner, a special education major, both plan to teach after graduation.

Both want to inspire youth to achieve their dreams despite unfavorable circumstances.

“We love both our parents and speak to them on a regular basis,” said Turner, 24. “I feel they gave us examples of what not to be in life. Brandy and I hold ourselves and each other to higher standards than where we came from.”

The sisters understood their parents’ struggles and worked hard to grow from their childhood experiences.

Wanting more for each other and their new families, the two made a pact to attend Georgia College and complete their degrees. However, the sisters never imagined they would graduate together.

“It just kind of worked out like that,” Parham said. “At first, I felt I could not compete with my peers. I soon realized we all had something different to bring to the classroom experience. I’m truly proud of both of us.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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