Guyana native living American dream

June 15, 2017 06:56 PM

Growing up in Guyana, Bridget Singh Liebson says not much was expected of girls.

"Back then, you just think about getting married," she explained.

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She did at 17 and had two children. However, she harbored a dream she had since she was little to one day move to the United States.

"Everyone wants to come to America from Guyana," she admitted.

To them, America was the land of opportunity of plenty.

"I would have a Mercedes-Benz," she dreamed.

At 23, she got her wish, her parents were living in the Bronx, so she joined them in 1983. So thrilled, she got a job in less than a week and her work ethic, two jobs and cosmetology school helped her provide for her kids and live the American dream.

"I went to school, got a job and I bought the Mercedes," she pointed out.

Today, all of her kids have graduated from college. As proud as she was of them and despite all she had accomplished in her new homeland, she still had one dream -- she never got her high school diploma. So a year ago at 56, she began studying at BOCES to earn her GED. She will take her test this year.

She is not stopping there. College could be on the horizon.

"I was thinking of maybe computers," she explained. "Just go back get my degree."

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