SPOKANE, Wa. — This Mother’s Day story began with a scholarship and a shock. Now, 20-years later, it’s coming full circle.
Oftentimes, parenthood can stand in the best way of reaching your targets, however Tria Bullard didn’t let that occur to her.
“I was getting ready to choose the dorm that I was going to live in for my freshman year when I found out that I was unexpectedly pregnant. So that definitely changed my life,” Tria Bullard advised us.
Thankfully, Gonzaga let Tria maintain her scholarship for a 12 months, and when her daughter Sydney was 9-months outdated, they made the transfer to Spokane.
“Life was very different for me a single mom, coming to Gonzaga, with a baby,” Tria defined.
For her although, there was little question about it- she was going to get her diploma.
“That was never an option for me to not finish. It was something we persevered through and dealt with. She was an amazing child,” Tria stated.
18-years later, that incredible little one is following in her footsteps.
“It is incredible what she did. All the hard work that she put in, for me to be here, for herself to be here and for me to be in the positions I am in now. I feel like I owe so much to her,” stated Sydney Rains, her daughter.
It wasn’t a simple street, however Tria made it work.
“When she was sick, I had to beg my professor to let me bring her to class because she wasn’t able to go to daycare. She comes to class, and there’s a class full of students, and she’s sitting on my lap and babbling and laughing and talking to everyone and pointing at things. I told him you were sick and you’re acting perfectly fine,” Tria remembered, laughing.
This was a glimpse on the lady Sydney would develop into years down the street. “To this day, she’s still charismatic, outgoing, and loves to talk to people,” Tria stated.
When the time got here for Sydney to think about faculty, Gonzaga was really not on her radar.
“When I found out that I got in and was being offered a scholarship, that was when I started considering it a little more,” Sydney defined.
Sydney and Tria paid a go to to the campus, the place their journey collectively began.
“It was really surreal driving back here with her and as soon as I came here, and we drove right on campus that night, I just felt right at home,” Sydney recalled.
They each come from a small, rural, low-income neighborhood exterior the Dalles.
“She literally had 3 hurdles in track. She practiced on a grass and wheat field, not even a real track, so there were a lot of disadvantages,” Tria stated, laughing.
“Being able to come to a school like Gonzaga, and persevere through those obstacles, we had different obstacles, but we shared many as well. It was really beautiful and my mom’s hard work was a testament through it all that I can do this and I deserve to be here,” Sydney stated.
She doesn’t simply need to be there, she’s develop into a pacesetter there. As she heads into her senior 12 months, subsequent 12 months, she’ll be main the school as VP of Student Body.
“I think she’s proven that despite the circumstances she grew up in, she’s able to come to Gonzaga and be extremely successful and she’s had such a tremendous impact on the community here and has met so many amazing people that now she’s confident in her own ability to be a leader and to inspire others,” Tria proudly stated.
” Now I’m at Gonzaga, surrounded by so many proficient, shiny, inspiring individuals to know I’m nonetheless capable of pursue management within the capability that I’m now could be actually validating to me,” Sydney defined.
On this Mother’s Day, they’re eternally happy with one another for letting nothing stand of their manner.
“Knowing that my mom was here before me, it’s really an honor to carry her story on in my own ways. I love bragging about my mom to everybody. I go through the yearbooks here and try to find photos of my mom,” Sydney stated.
“It was all truly meant to be I think,” Tria stated.
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