Nerbonne, Smith discuss perseverance at Eagle Village

HERSEY – Kelly Smith, president of Baker College Cadillac and Andrea Nerbonne, director of the Department of Public Safety in Big Rapids visited Eagle Village and spoke to the young women there about dreams, perseverance and achievement.

Both women shared their personal journeys from young women overcoming challenges to successful women within their families and communities.

“I didn’t do very well in school and I was told that I wasn’t college material,”  Nerbonne told the girls. “I decided I wanted to be a Michigan State Trooper so I worked all summer mowing lawns and part time at a veterinary clinic.

“I didn’t know if I was coming or going I worked so hard, but in the fall, I was able to take as many classes as I had saved up money for over the summer. I did that every year and got my Bachelor’s degree.”

Smith shared about her own journey and encouraged each young lady to follow their dreams, no matter how long it takes.

This Professional Development Day is the first in a series of visits by community members who can provide inspiration, information about different careers and personal stories of personal challenges and overcoming them.