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Testimonial: India Durden


India Durden is a FIFTEEN leadership program alum attending Lee University.


Without the FIFTEEN leadership program, I really have no idea what I would be doing with my life.  FIFTEEN helped me get into a great private university and also gave me the opportunity to be paired with amazing mentors that have helped me not only with academics, but with life challenges.  I am glad that I was given the opportunity to further my education.  As I look back I wish that all urban students could get into a program like FIFTEEN, because every other Saturday they helped me get my mind off of being homeless.


College life for me has been great. I have gotten the chance to actually be with people from all around the world.  Even though I never left the country, I was in culture shocked, but in a good way.  This is my junior year of college, and I am a part of the Video Production Club and I am also a Big Sister for a local mentoring program.  My sophomore year I was Secretary of a diverse group on campus called Umoja, which seeks to aid in the retention and recruitment of students of color.


I thought graduating High School would be my major life accomplishment, but college, is a whole new game for me.  Sometimes it still shocks me that I am in college, and will be graduating soon.                                                                                                                          

India Durden Lee University