Sophia stepping up with God’s help
by davandrababb@ nationnews.com
“Education is the only way out of poverty.”
This is a quote that kept Sophia Brathwaite going through an abusive relationship, neighbours’ taunts, death in the family and sickness.
Last Saturday, she graduated from the Barbados Community College (BCC) with an associate degree in general nursing, but two years before starting on her quest for education, Brathwaite said she was in a very dark place.
“I was in a mentally and physically abusive relationship. In the beginning it wasn’t bad, but then it went downhill quickly after. It broke me into a million pieces.
“It was so bad I had to end up in a shelter trying to get away. It was hard; I even had to get a restraining order. For two years I didn’t know myself. I lost myself. I lost my mental capacity. I felt like I was going crazy. I had no one. My mother’s family is from St Vincent and they were trying to console me but I still couldn’t cope. I had insomnia for months,” Brathwaite revealed.
She said hitting rock bottom was a complete change for her because before then she was “living life”. Although the relationship was abusive, she travelled three or four times a year, but knew she had to get out.
“I couldn’t let my children see me getting abused like that. When we separated I had nothing. I wasn’t
Sophia Brathwaite has triumphed.
It is on to the next phase after graduation for Sophia Brathwaite.