Saturday, April 11, 2009

Previously on theytriedtomakemegoto

Summer of 2007 I started a private blog which I stopped updating a while ago. Here's how the story went...

My brother is an alcoholic and entered rehab
He got out of rehab in high spirits and high hopes
He started to put his life back together and met a girl in the program
She relapsed at the same time a bunch of friends had fatal relapses.

The story picks back up...

He stayed with the girl for a short period of time, but they're no longer together.
He made the Dean's List at the local community college a few semesters in a row.

A few months ago some people from Bucknell University visited his school looking for candidates to attend their school. They held a meeting for all people interested and as they started they said if at any time you don't feel you're right for the program you may get up and walk out. We're looking for someone who is not exactly right out of high school, and a bunch of people got up and left. We're looking for someone who has maybe not had the easiest road to get here, and a bunch of people got up and walked out. They continued to talk about the type of people they were searching for and my brother fit every criteria. He went on a few interviews and the field was narrowed down. He was still in the running. Two weeks ago he went on the final interview and today got a letter. He has been accepted to the program to finish his last two years at Bucknell. Free of tuition. Free room and board. Free books and everything he needs.

When I graduated high school I didn't bother applying to Bucknell because I knew I wouldn't get in. I'm amazed and proud of the turnaround my brother has made and feel no need to have a private blog to write about it. I imagine that living on a college campus is not the easiest thing in the world for a recovering alcoholic, but I have no doubt he will shine.

12 comments:

Christina said...

Tim, that is so awesome I don't even have words for it. You must be so proud of your brother and I'm really happy for all of you. This is fantastic news, thanks for keeping us updated.

❉ pixie ❉ said...

I'm with Christina. That is awesome. I don't have too much time to comment these days but I had to pop in and say, "Yay!"

Jenny said...

That is so awesome, I hope he is successful at the new school, what a wonderful opportunity he has been given and it's so great that he's been working hard to get there. Good luck to him!!!

egan said...

That is truly great news. I haven't read all of the saga with your brother, but this must give you such a tremendous amount of pride. That's the sort of stuff you just have to share with others. Good for your brother and your family.

Just said...

Wow - that's amazing - you must be very proud.

Leezer said...

Hi Tim:
That's great. I am so happy for your brother and your family. Your brother is also pretty darn lucky to have you as a brother. :)

Oh great One said...

That is fantastic! How could he fail with such a great support system? Congratulations to him. He deserves great things!

Felisa said...

That is pretty freaking awesome... and inspiring. :) I'm struggling with college right now and kind of losing hope with getting to where I want to be so it's great to hear about someone who wasn't a success story from the start but totally turned his life around. It sounds like he has come a long way and I bet you're very proud -- and rightfully so!

Min said...

Congratulations to your bro! And great post. =)

Genevieve said...

WOW! I'm so excited for your brother! What am AMAZING opportunity! You must be beyond proud of him! :D

Aim said...

That's so great! It's good to hear that something so encouraging and supportive and uplifting has come out of something that your brother and the rest of your family has had to struggle with for quite some time. Good for him! And good for you, for being there for him. (Yes, I know this sounds corny.... but darn it, I'm happy.)

HappyKap said...

Awesome. Plain and simple.