Family Weekend: Mother’s Tough Love Pushes Daughter to a Mason Degree

Maya Brandon was not interested in attending college. Her mother, Sondra J. Brandon, who for 17 years has raised Maya as a single mom after Maya’s father left, had other ideas.

It was a test of wills between a daughter more interested in the next party and a mother who has an electrical engineering degree from Boston University and who shuddered at the thought of “all this potential and brilliance going down the drain.”

As Maya, who is scheduled to graduate from George Mason University in the spring with an economics degree, explained her future plans, it’s no wonder Sondra had to smile.

“It’s a blessing to see somebody get on track and progress to success,” she said.

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