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Don't ever surrender

Register • Jan 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM

For most people it was just another Friday in December. 

But for Nettie Brown, it was a day of triumph. 


Brown, 54, graduated from BGSU Firelands College with a bachelor's degree in liberal studies, achieving a goal she never knew she had until a prison program steered her toward a dream. 


Brown acknowledges she suffered from a life of petty crime and drug addiction but decided in 2006 to turn it around. The office technology class she took while in prison — and words from one particular instructor — helped her see a path to a better future. 


"She told me, you can do it, you can do anything you want to do," the instructor, Billie Sexton, told her. 


Sexton's advice motivated Brown, and BGSU Firelands College provided the place where she could realize her dream of a better life. 


Brown's is a personal story. She told the Register when she first attended BGSU Firelands she was still wearing an ankle monitor as part of her release from prison. Some fellow students asked her why she didn't hide it up by wearing long pants. 


"I never covered it up. I knew I wanted to change my life. I wasn't embarrassed because I knew I was on the right path," she said.


Brown's story is a lesson to never give up and to never surrender. Her courage is an inspiration to her family, and to the community. 


Thank you Nettie Brown for sharing it. 

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