“Nailah’s been a wonderful example. She’s positive, she’s encouraging and she takes guidance so well,” Jones said. “The important thing is when you face adversity, you step past it. She was able to do that.”
Edwards said she can’t take all the credit. She has a lot of people at UC looking out for her. And her mom is always there to help. When she feels discouraged, her mother likes to remind her of the origins of her name, Nailah. It means to be successful.
“I had a good village around me. If I offered advice, I would recommend students connect with people who can help you succeed,” Edwards said. “Make friends and get involved. Your professors will help you when you’re in a jam, too. They’ll work with you.”
Edwards’ mom, Brenda McGee, earned a master’s degree and is a big believer in higher education. It can be daunting for anyone to graduate from college, she said. But it doesn’t happen overnight.
“Take baby steps. Look down that tunnel and hold onto that vision. If you see it, you can do it,” McGee said. “I’m happy we made that choice to send Nailah to the University of Cincinnati. I’m extremely proud of her. UC should be very proud of her, too.”