Receiving over 100 college acceptance letters can be overwhelming for a high school graduate, but for 18-year-old Normandie Cormier, it was clear that she would begin her next chapter at a historically Black college and university. According to USA Today, after being accepted to 139 colleges through the Common App and the Common Black College App, the Louisiana native has decided to further her education at Xavier University in New Orleans.
Cormier has always displayed excellence when it came to academics. Early on she decided that she wanted to enter a program that allowed her to simultaneously earn her high school diploma and a college degree. With the support of her family, she enrolled in Early College Academy which is a part of South Louisiana Community College’s campus. Outside of school, she was very involved in her local community, often mentoring young girls who want to pursue careers in STEM, tutoring youngsters and adults, and volunteering at a nursing home.
The journey hasn’t been easy for Cormier. She’s dealt with several immune system issues which have caused many hospital visits. Despite her health ailments, she prevailed. She ended up graduating with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. Her dedication to her education and making a positive impact in her community caught the attention of higher education institutions across the globe and earned her $8.7 million in scholarships and grants from GE, Burger King and other companies and organizations.
Her hospital visits led her to choose a career path in medicine. “Since I was a child, I was always in and out of the hospital,” Cormier told USA Today. “When I was young, it affected my self-esteem. But now I can use it to inspire others.” She said selecting Xavier University of Louisiana was an easy decision because her personal goals are aligned with the school’s values.
The aspiring doctor hopes that her journey will inspire others.
Sasha Obama And Her Prom Date Broke The Internet
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I saw Sasha Obama trending and got scared but she just went to prom and served looks. pic.twitter.com/Ci52eHj8jl— joe bye, den ✌️ (@jPad) May 25, 2019
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Saw that Sasha Obama was trending and automatically wanted to throw hands, but baby girl just went to prom 😂. I was ready to fight lol.— Accidentally Thriving ✨ (@ChickFromQuip) May 25, 2019
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I came to twitter ready to defend Sasha Obama like she was my daughter. It was only prom pics, but I’m still waiting for one of you to line-step. pic.twitter.com/cuid7Wqok4— Taron...(Pronounced Tuh-Ron) (@TeflonScribbles) May 25, 2019
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Me seeing Sasha Obama trending and learning that it's prom pics. Ya boy was ready to square up. pic.twitter.com/8AUFd0YcT5— 🌎 ALEX-STABLISHMENT🇺🇸 (@GBralta) May 25, 2019
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I saw Sasha Obama trending & was ready for war... but she just went to prom 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/qSmFEeuFCn— Coke📬🏌🏿♂️🍺 (@Buzz_FlightYear) May 25, 2019
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Saw Sasha Obama trending and my fist automatically clenched up but it’s all good because she’s just growing up and served nothing but looks at prom pic.twitter.com/An4Cb9ioXW— lyss 🎄🎅🏽⛄️❄️ (@lyss_bear) May 25, 2019
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Ooooooh I came to fiiiiight when I saw Sasha Obama trending ok Twitter and I like everyone else was like “nobody better be messing with our niece” 😂 but all she did was grow up into a beautiful young woman and slay on her way to prom.❤️🎉🙌🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/UZvgUqsSPd— Le architok (@Le_Architok) May 25, 2019
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Thought somebody was dragging Sasha Obama but it’s all good! She is stunning for prom!! 😍👸🏽💅💃🏾👠 pic.twitter.com/TnKTITPX8Z— Senior Mama (@mama_senior) May 25, 2019
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My baby Sasha Obama out there going to prom pic.twitter.com/7rNBjXdYIo— Andie (@andrea_kate_) May 25, 2019
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Between seeing Sasha Obama trending and then discovering that she went to prom I felt all of the emotions... pic.twitter.com/9DrcK3qSP7— MC Donut (@MC7Donna) May 25, 2019