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Jala Fishback was almost a statistic.
As a freshman at Warren Central High School, Fishback struggled with her classes, barely able to maintain a C average. When she asked for help from teachers, Fishback said she was met with resistance.
“I had teachers tell me that I wouldn't be able to graduate,” Fishback said, “that I wasn’t smart, that basically I was incompetent.”
She eventually started to believe the message she was receiving. By the time she reached the 10th grade, Fishback didn’t think she would graduate at all.
“When you're like, going through your high school career, and there's so many teachers telling you that, you know, you won't amount to anything,” Fishback said, “it gets so discouraging.”
Today, Fishback is a junior at Tougaloo College, a historically Black college in Mississippi. She’s a pre-law student, studying business administration.
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