Sophia step­ping up with God’s help

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - People - Da­van­dra Babb

by da­van­drababb@ na­tion­

“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.

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