We went to a very nice reception hosted by the Multiple Sclerosis Society tonight who are giving Julie a very nice scholarship for college this year. We were so impressed with their kindness and generosity. They told us how difficult it was for them to decide on applicants this year and how impressed they were with the essays written by the recipients.
There were about eight total recipients--most of them either had parents who were currently suffering with MS or like Julie had lost parents to MS. However, one recipient was Julie's age, (18), and has the disease. It turns out that Julie had gone to junior high with her but didn't know she had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This young woman got the largest scholarship and everyone there was so happy for her. What a hard thing for someone so young to go through. I had always heard most people were diagnosed with M.S. in their 30's and 40's so this has to be devastating for her and her family. Although, she seems to be very upbeat and determined. Well, I didn't mean to get off on that--it was just a memorable part of the evening.
We are very proud of Julie and her efforts to be a good student in high school but in her desires to go on and gain a college education. She is very excited for college to start and plans to study Political Science. She is hoping to go on from there to law school. I've told her to expect to change her major several times along the way as I've got lots of experience with college students, but she is determined that she wants to be a prosecutor. Who knows maybe she will be one of those who never changes her major! That would be something!
Congrats Julie! You make us proud and we love you!