Pascal Bakari | Virginia Beach, Virginia | Industrial Engineering Major

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"My dad’s not with me anymore. He passed away when I was 13 due to spinal cancer. And I’m not going to lie. For me, it was really hard. When he was sick and in the hospital, I would visit him every day after school. But when I was at school, I couldn’t focus. I was an A student before he got sick, and then my grades started dropping when everything happened. So when my dad noticed the change, he told me to use school as my escape. And ever since my dad told me that, I’ve always been really focused in school. Whatever is going on in my life, I just let it go and let school be my escape. And it’s kept me going this whole time."