Scholars Speak: Guest Blog by Forman Scholar S’Deionna Washington

S’Deionna Washington shares her thoughts to our Scholars Speak student blog series. S’Deionna is finishing up her studies in Delaware State University’s prestigious nursing program. 

Read on to hear about S’Deionna’s experiences in college, what she wishes she knew when she was a freshman and advice she has for high school seniors applying to college. 

What does pursuing a college degree mean to you?  

Pursuing a college degree is allowing me to create a stable future for myself and my family. I am not going to college for my betterment alone; I’m going to college to better my family as well. I care about setting a good example for my loved ones. 

What’s something you didn’t know during your first year in college that you wish you knew?  

Once I entered my first year of college, I quickly learned that things were going to be a lot different than they were in high school. I was spending a lot less time in the classroom than I was used to, which meant I was spending a lot more time on my own. I wish I knew then the importance of studying techniques and time management to make the best use of the time I wasn’t spending sitting in class. 

What is your most memorable academic moment from your time in college? 

I’ve recently come to realize something crucial: even though the road may be dark, keep pushing until you see the light because it’s not too far away. 

Tell us a time when you overcame a challenge. 

As part of the application process for my major, I was required to take an entry exam. This was a rigorous exam, and students were only allowed three attempts. I finally passed on my third attempt, and I was admitted into my program of choice. 

For people who may not know about the Foundation, what role has the Foundation played in your educational journey?  

Besides offering financial support, the Foundation offers an extensive social support system. I know that if I send a text, write an email or make a phone call, the Foundation’s staff will be willing to listen and ready to help. 

As someone who grew up in either Salem or the Salem area, how has your community shaped your upbringing, and what do you think is needed to ensure the best future for Salem? 

I believe Salem could use more role models. Giving back to your community can truly make a difference, and sometimes a role model is all a student needs to improve their behavior. Guidance is key. 

If you had to give one piece of advice to a student who is applying for college, what would it be and why?  

Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. Someone else may have the same question as you. Never leave class confused or not knowing something about the material. Get to know your professors on a personal level so that you feel more comfortable asking for help.