[mpoverlay]Imagine excelling in every college course; obtaining an A average in each subject area semester after semester for four consecutive years. It sounds challenging or even impossible but graduating senior Janique Francis has defeated the odds and turned the impossible into reality. The Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago native arrived at South Carolina State University in the fall of 2008 and since that time she has consistently maintained a 4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) .
“I had days where I thought it was going to be gone,” joked Francis when speaking of her untarnished GPA. “Honestly sometimes I felt like I wanted a B because it would take some of the pressure off of me from having to maintain an A all of the time. I would often feel like oh my gosh this exam didn’t go the way I wanted. But at the end of the semester when the final grades came out I would say wow I still have it,” expressed Francis.
Since arriving at South Carolina State University, the full tuition scholarship recipient constantly pushed to excel. Something she admits to not doing while in high school. Although she received top grades, they were not all A’s. Her college experience would be totally different however. Her goal was not to necessarily achieve and maintain a 4.0 GPA, but to strive to do all she could to have a rewarding experience. She worked in various capacities to include serving as an assistant in the honors program, working at the I.P Stanback Museum and Planetarium, participating in a study abroad program in Washington, D.C. and now managing a research position in the area of political science.
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