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South Dakota student overcomes adversities

June 9, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Lincoln High School graduate has published her first book and earned a full scholarship to Stanford University after overcoming verbal, sexual and physical abuse.

Damian Marlow told the Argus Leader that after overcoming her adversities she feels “satisfied with my life.”

“Coming out of that grew like this fire, if that makes sense,” Marlow said. “And it makes you not angry, but more passionate about things because you can fix any situation you’re in.”

Marlow released her book, “Looks like Honey, Tastes like Vinegar,” last month on Amazon as a way to help others through her poetry. She said her book explores “overcoming certain things in your life.”

Marlow, who now lives with her grandmother, said she found help and support through her teachers and school counselor.

Marlow will start Stanford in the fall and plans to major in international relations.

“When I got the full ride, it was a relief,” Marlow said. “Even if I wasn’t sure if I was going there yet, I was just really relieved because I could afford college.”

She said after speaking with other students from the university she felt that she fit in there. Marlow also said she’s also currently working on her second book.

“I’m kind of comfortable that I’ve achieved what I wanted to,” said Marlow “There’s more, but at this point in my life, I’ve achieved everything that I can.”

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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