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Sharing Beat The Odds Success Stories

January 11, 2018 05:44 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It’s that time of year again when Rochester Community Technical College gives students who struggle in life a better chance at getting an education.
"I hope nobody goes through what I went through,” Scholarship recipient, Jawaher Binhmoodah says.

"I was very much in a terrible place in my life,” Micaela Rud, Beat the Odds recipient says.
At one point two women from Rochester say they couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

"I moved to the U.S. back in 2010. And it was through arranged marriage. I came as a wife, visa wife. Then after that, it was some struggle with like kinda of accepting that and it was a big thing in our culture, girls can't get divorced,” Binhmoodah said.

"In 6th grade, I started developing an eating disorder. And it got very bad. My whole life was surrounded by food and exercising and calories. And I was actually hospitalized twice during my freshman year of high school,” Rudd said.

Both students were able to overcome their struggles through the support of family and friends.

They received the R-C-T-C beat the odds scholarship after telling their stories of bravery through the process.

The money they used to get them even further in life.

"I got a chance to go to Kuwait in summer. Meet my family for the first time in seven years. All my siblings grow. And things change. Met my high school friends. I met my dad. My biggest challenge in my life,” Binhmoodah said.
"I ended up going to the University of Saint Thomas. And I definitely couldn't have afforded going there without money like this,” Rudd said.
Although the two have a long road ahead, they both have gained strength and want others to know there is hope for them too.
"It does get better. There are people out there that care about you, would love to help you. And you're so much bigger than this. You can accomplish so many other things and this should not define you,” Rudd said.

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