Returning home after the loss of her child, Oprah began going to high school. Due to her high marks in her schooling, she was transferred to an affluent suburban high school in which she was teased daily for the poverty she displayed. In order to eliminate this image of her, Winfrey began stealing money and lying to her mother. Her mother, upset about the lying and stealing, sent Oprah away once more to live with Vernon, but this time did not take her back in. Vernon was strict and made Winfrey focus on school. Oprah soon started to excel in her studies and became an honors student while maintaining her popular status. She later joined her high school’s speech team where she participated and won an oratory contest which awarded her the opportunity to attend Tennessee State College where she studied communication.
At the age of seventeen, Winfrey began working at a local radio station where she reported the news part time. She then began to use her voice to reach others on other communication mediums. Oprah continued to work in local media being the first black news anchor on a popular network in Nashville and then moving to Baltimore later to co-anchor the news full time. This helped spawn her career as a television host and in 1983, her show AM Chicago aired. She took this show to the next level bringing in a whole new audience and improving rating dramatically. The show was then renamed to the Oprah Winfrey Show and the rest is history.
Oprah’s life was full of trials and tribulations, but this did not stop her from reaching her goals. Most people in her situation would have simply given up, but her perseverance to continue fighting and continue pushing has made her who she is today. I couldn’t imagine trying to live the life Oprah has and I have an new found respect for her and the things she does with her success. Hopefully her story will inspire others to keep going and never give up hope.