ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Asia Maben was joined by her parents for new student orientation.
She officially began her journey to a nursing degree at Albany State University today, though the woman who influenced her field of study would not be there to see it.
"When I was younger I used to always say I wanted to be a nurse," said Asia. "And my grandmother passed away from cancer. And so I wanted to be a nurse and help people like her."
In 2005 when Asia was 8, he 63-year-old grandmother Mary D. Lewis passed away from breast cancer.
"When Asia was growing up they became really close," her mother Twana Maben. "Because my husband and I both served in the military."
When both of Asia's parents were deployed to combat zones, she and her grandmother spent more than a year together.
"Ever since then she has made the decision that she wanted to become a nurse, said Twana. "She just had to choose the right place to make that goal come true."
Her family will be supporting her from home in Savannah. And her father is confident his baby girl will succeed.
"If I have to come down there and tighten her up and come get her I'll do that," said her Anthony Maben. "But I don't see that happening. She's a good girl and I'm excited."
"I am very close with my family so I would have to be strong," said Asia.
As she looks forward to starting school, her family knows her future shines bright.