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Against the Odds

EDITORIAL
Against the Odds
Sade's mission: college-bound
Sunday, June 3, 2007

WHEN Sade Daniels became determined to go to college, she knew she would have her work cut out for her. That didn't faze her. Growing up as a foster child in Oakland, she already understood the importance of persistence: It's the virtue that helped her push forward through seven foster homes, a raft of disappointing relationships with adults, even -- when those disappointing adults failed to counsel her on what courses she needed to take in order to meet college requirements -- an extra year in high school.

But her latest obstacle has thrown her. After overcoming all of these challenges, Daniels was thrilled to receive an acceptance letter to Clark Atlanta University, a historically black college in the South. She has her heart set on going there, she said in a recent interview, because it represents a chance to connect with something that few foster children feel that they have: roots.

"In foster care you don't even have roots to the people you live with," Daniels said. "There's no one to teach you the history of who your people are, where you came from, or where you're going. That's why I want so badly to go to Clark -- it's a chance for me to feel connected to something."

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