Saniyah Barthelemy, 18: ‘I made it through COVID. I can make it through anything.’
Before the pandemic, Saniyah Barthelemy said she was thinking about attending college online — then her high school went virtual in March 2020.
“I was like, ‘Nope, this is not for me,’” she said. “I need to be in person with a teacher in front of me. That’s probably the only thing I’m grateful for — the pandemic giving me that experience before [college].”
Barthelemy, a recent graduate of New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School (Sci High), plans to pursue a career in social work and will be taking classes at the Southern University of New Orleans starting this fall.
“The fact that I have the power to make a change no matter how small, that’s something that’s really big for me,” she said.
While she’s scared to see what this next chapter brings, completing high school during a global pandemic has given her a sense of confidence.
“I made it through COVID. I can make it through anything."