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Senior juggles family, school

For many students, graduating early is a way to save money or take a vacation before finding a job. But Latasha Forteau had a different reason for considering early graduation.

She hopes to gain custody of her 15-yearold brother, who is in foster care.

“If I wanted to take him in now, I would have to give up my job as an RA, find an apartment off campus and I would have to get a job. That would affect some of the things I wanted to do,” said Forteau, 21, a senior from Brooklyn.

For now, Forteau is concentrating on her studies. She views Binghamton University as a place with options, where all students can embrace opportunities.

“There’s so much to do,” she said. “People have so many different options to get out there and get involved. There are so many things that are interesting as far as classes to take, different organizations to get involved in and so many things that cater to people’s tastes.” Forteau, a human development major, hopes to obtain a position in the field of higher education administration. She’s applying to graduate schools and looking into master’s of social work programs.

Forteau’s resume includes experience as a resident assistant, judicial board member, student ambassador, intercultural awareness representative for the Students of Color Support Center, care counselor for the Equal Opportunity Program and discovery assistant.

Forteau has been awarded the Michael V. Boyd Memorial Scholarship, and she is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society.

“Latasha is a tremendous young lady and a remarkable student,” said Tanya Robinson, assistant director of academic programs for Off Campus College. “There are very few students with such resolve. She is definitely one of the special ones.” Forteau said her involvement in campus life has helped her understand how the real world works. “The University,” she said, “really caters to helping students become successful individuals.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08