“It was unreal to walk across that stage.... I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without MTC.”
Tori Edsel, Associate in Arts class of ’22, had her eyes on the stage to become a dancer. But in January 2019, the music stopped. Edsel suffered a brain bleed which led to a stroke and her kidneys failing.
Tori and her family found themselves facing life-threatening circumstances and a long road to recovery. However, she is a fighter, and in response to her situation, Tori did what most dancers do: got up and practiced over and over again until she got it right. Despite her circumstances, she overcame and returned to take courses at Midlands Tech.
“It’s not that I couldn’t read, the information wouldn’t stay on my brain. I would have to read, read, and read again.”
With the support of her family, friends, and the faculty and staff at MTC, Tori persevered to receive her degree, graduating with high honors as a part of the class of 2022.
“It was unreal to walk across that stage. I couldn’t believe I actually did it! I could see my parents in the audience crying. I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without MTC.”