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dunnCourtney Dunn, ’16

High School: Colonel Richardson High School in Caroline County

Achievement: Earned a 4.0 GPA her first year at St. Mary’s

To what do you attribute your first-year success?

I have had a lot of support from my home family and DB family that let me know that, yes, the struggle is real, but that it is oh so worth it in the end.

What was the biggest challenge you faced, and how did you overcome it to be successful?

I have struggled with maintaining confidence in myself all semester, and, in fact, my whole life. But I finally came to the understanding, once again thanks to DB, that I would not be here at college and doing well if I did not have the ability to succeed! This new gained confidence has helped me complete assignments with less stress and more positivity; I also know that my mistakes are not mountains blocking my way, but small lessons to be taken and learned from.

What advice would you offer next year’s incoming DB Scholars?

Time management! I have always been diligent about getting my work done on time, if not early, and this reduces your level of stress immensely; you then have more time to relax on the weekends, and to truly enjoy and take advantage of our beautiful location! Also, I know how intimidating this new world of college can be, but don’t let it stop you from pursuing your dreams, because you would not be here if you were not capable of success!

Barry Montgomery, ’16

High School: Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, Baltimore, MD

Achievement: Achieved outstanding academic success

To what do you attribute your first-year success?

I attribute my success mostly to my mother and aunt for being so supportive and just helping me in every way possible, even when I did not have the strength to continue on my own.

What was the biggest challenge you faced, and how did you overcome it to be successful?

I think my biggest challenge was adapting to being on my own, and being so far away from my home and having to really make choices on my own. I basically spent most of my time studying, constantly learning new things and focusing on the opportunities that a young man like myself had been given to better myself and allow the most positive outcomes from my work.

What advice would you offer next year’s incoming DB Scholars?

My advice would be to just listen to the mentors, come to the campus with an open mind, be yourself, make your education a priority, ask for help if you need help (because things can get tough, but it’s up to you to take the right road), and make the right choices.