Perseverance: Senior forward Amanda Thompson's effort pays off

By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer, Published: April 4, 2010
The senior forward had a hard-scrabble upbringing in inner-city Chicago. Next month, she will become the first in her family to graduate college.

"I always had a hard-working mentality. Whenever I get a chance to do something, I always take advantage of it.

"When I got into a good high school, I studied hard so I wouldn’t fail. I could’ve easily gone to a public school and just settled for that. But I didn’t want to do that, just be a typical high school player, just be a typical high school student. I wanted to do something and go somewhere.

"College is a big deal.

"We still have assignments no matter how much travel. I’m just trying to keep up because I know it’s easy to get behind. I try to keep a laptop with me to do all my work.

"I’m just thankful to be able to have this opportunity to graduate.

"The harder you work, the better things will happen for you.

"It’s been kind of crazy. I’ve been in dark places. I’ve been in light places. I’ve been at my lowest, been at my highest. I think that’s the beauty of life. You’ve just got to learn from those times.”

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