We first told you about Ireana Bernal in our documentary, College Material. Today's story is an update.
This is a story of a dream on the verge of coming true and of what comes after.
It’s a story of a young woman in Holland, about to start her first semester of college.
I first met Ireana Bernal about a year ago. She was just starting her senior year in high school. Her high school years started out rough, but she’d been trying to turn it around. She still wasn’t sure how it would turn out. But the people around her all believed in her. People like her counselor, Mitch Veldkamp.
"She has this self will," Veldvamp told me. "Something in her that’s a little fire that started," he said.
That little fire grew all last year, as Bernal applied for college.
It’s been months since I’d talked to Bernal. We met at a coffee shop in downtown Holland, right across the street from Hope College.
This is where she will be starting school next week.