Six years ago, Mary Katherine Pulliam faced the possibility she would never graduate high school and lead an independent life. Today, she’s on her way to Germany to study international business management after two years of honors courses at Lansing Community College.
Pulliam defied the odds. In 2008 at the age of 14, the Leslie High School student was randomly attacked and brutally beaten by a fellow student as she walked to her first morning class. Pulliam was left for dead and later rescued by three freshmen, also on their way to school via a neighborhood path.
"I had more than a year of rehabilitation and therapy," says Pulliam of the senseless and savage assault that resulted in a severe head injury, a broken nose, bone and skull fractures, and bruises to her liver and lungs. "I had to relearn to walk. Take special education classes. No one was sure if I could lead a normal life."
But Pulliam was determined to live life and pursue dreams beyond her small town. She went on to graduate high school, including spending her senior year in Germany through the Youth for Understanding exchange program. When she returned, she set her sights on attending college in Europe. Looking around, she discovered the path to her dreams was just a freeway drive away at LCC.Read More