Finals are just now wrapping up at Texas A&M, which means many students are close to graduating. Susan Holle will soon receive her diploma, and her dedication is certainly an inspiration.
Many college students tend to harp on classes and finals and hours of seemingly endless work. But for Susan Holle, school has been a 50-hour-a-week commitment. The Washington-on-the-Brazos native was born with cerebral palsy. It hasn't stopped her from getting a her high school diploma, and an English degree from Blinn.
"She's always been determined, so it doesn't surprise me," said Lois Holle, Susan's mother, "but I'm very thankful that she's had the opportunity to do as well as she has."
Opportunities also came at Texas A&M, where a Shakespeare final she took Monday is one of her last at the school. An American studies degree will soon be hers. Her physical limitations, the time it takes her to get around, the course load that sometimes had to be cut back on weren't going to stop her from getting to A&M.
"She's always wanted to be an Aggie, said Susan's father, Tommy. "Ever since she was born, she's wanted to be an Aggie."
And as a result of that perseverance, not only will Susan earn a degree, she earned an Aggie Spirit Award from the Faculty Senate Monday.
"Her achievement means a lot to me," said Tommy, "but not just to me, but I think it means a lot to anyone who's had a part in Susan's life over the years."
"Professors and the school have been very cooperative and helpful in making sure that she does what she needs to do," Lois said.
"The Aggie Spirit means one of working together, overcoming adversity, and having faith in people," Lois added.
Susan wants to become a writer. If she ever writes an autobiography, her chapter on Texas A&M will surely have a storybook ending.