Chante Gory found a bigger need for math than she had planned as an SBVC student.
She also discovered how important education was in her life after dropping out of
high school in her junior year.
Chante Gory didn’t plan on math being a big part of her life at SBVC.
“I remember thinking that I only needed just enough math to be able to count to eight
so that I could become a dance instructor,” said Chante, a Colton resident.
Since then, Chante has taken five math classes—including three with Dr. Stephanie
Briggs, an SBVC math professor.
Chante also took science and English classes before graduating in spring 2010 – an
accomplishment that would have been a preposterous goal just a few short years ago.
Back in the 90’s, Chante dropped out of high school during her junior year. She never
witnessed how education could change lives.
“I used to feel dumb, drinking, doing drugs and I started to believe that I didn’t
really care about myself. But, I learned that who you’re around is what makes you.
I haven’t been around many successful minority women so hearing Professor Briggs’
courageous story was a great example for me,” Chante said. “Now I know that I can
be a lawyer or a judge and that means a lot to me. Four years ago, nobody would have
told this second-chance kid that I’d be here instead of hanging around the streets
wasting my life.”
Chante’s advice for fellow students: never stop trying to figure out who they want
to be and what they want in life.
“Sometimes, people look around and see the success of others as a finished, polished
product. But, they don’t ever see the fire and the smoke from their struggles that
helped them figure out who they were and what they wanted to do with their lives.
I want people to know that you should never lose your hope or that little voice inside
you that says, “One day, I’ll…”, Chante said. “Whatever you want to do in this life,
you can make it happen. It might be a struggle or be delayed, but you’ll get it. Whatever
you reach for, keep reaching. Words can’t explain the feeling of grasping something
that you’ve been reaching for in your life.”