SAN ANTONIO — Alandrya Fuller began her undergraduate studies at Prairie View A&M University, but when her mother fell ill in 2019, she transferred to Texas A&M-San Antonio to care for her.
Her mother lost her sight and her extremities, so taking care of her mother had a huge impact on her life.
“I’ve been taking care of her for a few years now, and I’m still graduating and staying on honors and realizing all these accomplishments that I’ve done here…she’s proud of me,” said Fuller. “I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it. Staying in the hospital every night, back to back, was tough, but I stayed through it and it pushed me to get stronger to where I am today.
In her senior semester, Fuller won Undergraduate of the Year, Senior Honors, and Outstanding Senior. She was also involved with various student organizations, such as the Black Student Union and the National Society for Leadership and Success, but her favorite organization was the Campus Activity Board, as they handled most of the activities on campus.
Being involved in campus life really helped Fuller during his difficult balance between life, school and home.
“You learn different things,” Fuller said. “You learn how to change someone and change your whole life to stop for one person, and sometimes it’s hard, but I still managed it.”
Being the first in her family to graduate from college was also a big motivator. Now that she has accomplished that, she hopes to continue to make them proud.
“I had four tough years, so I think reaching that goal was pretty important to me because I didn’t think I could reach my senior year,” Fuller said. “Me being first generation (it’s) important for me to show my family that it’s possible even though everything I’ve been through, you can still achieve those kinds of goals.”
His new goal now is to get an internship or a job. She also hopes to one day work on a clinical trial for medical conditions related to her mother’s illness.
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