Scholar of the Week
Amilia Bryan of
John Marshall High School
By Janeal Downs
When Amilia Bryan first came to the United States from Jamaica in 2009, click she originally did not intend to stay. With a more advanced education system in the U.S., recipe Amilia said not many people get the chance to go to college in Jamaica. Her family ended up staying in the U.S., vialis 40mg and she took ESL classes for three years. Now, as a senior in high school, she currently has a 4.4 GPA and plans to continue her education in college. “I see firsthand how hard life gets when one does not have education beyond high school,” Amilia wrote in an essay. “It is hard to get a great job that one loves and pays good money.” Her mother graduated high school, but was unable to finish college. Her father was able to go to college, and now works as a mechanical engineer where he is able to travel and visit different countries. Comparing her parents, Amilia said she sees how education beyond high school can be beneficial.
When she goes to college, Amilia wants to major in forensic science or biology. Her top choices for college are Spelman College in Atlanta, Howard University in D.C. and George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. While she is open to working in any type of job for the government, she is most interested in crime investigation. “I did an internship during the summer at the Richmond Police Department, and they gave me a lot of information,” Amilia said. “I got to see different things that were a major influence in my career.” Some options she will look into after college include jobs with the FBI, CIA, U.S. Marshals, NCIS or attending the Police Training Academy. She also plans to obtain her Master’s Degree. “I chose this career path, because I mainly believe that one’s security is important,” she said. “I want a job where I will always be active, where I will be able to travel, where I will learn skills that not many people know how to do, and most of all: a job that helps people.”
Amilia currently stays active in school as a member of ROTC. Within ROTC she has done Color Guard, and was a Command Sergeant Major in JROTC. “I shouldn’t be afraid to take initiative,” Amilia said about what she has learned in ROTC. “It’s better to try than not try at all.” Another activity that teaches her to take initiative and also to be more social is volunteering, one of her favorite things to do. She volunteers with her church’s food pantry and also CARITAS, an organization that provides food and toiletries to the homeless. Her other favorite activity is reading. She particularly enjoys reading books about Black culture and how women are portrayed in the Black community.
As high school comes to a close, college will teach Amilia how to be independent and self-aware, will build her up mentally and “is the ticket that I need in order to survive in society.” She also said college will help her validate whether the path that she has chosen is right for her. “Back in Jamaica, I would have never thought about going to college or wanting to work on a federal level,” Amilia said. “But God put me on a different path to come to America and take advantage of the opportunities of going to college.” While she plans to continue her education, her number one goal is ultimately to be happy and at peace with herself.