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Harnett County teen returns to Sweet Briar College after threat of closing

Posted August 21, 2015 10:12 p.m. EDT
Updated August 22, 2015 9:14 a.m. EDT

— Amelia Currin will go off to college for the first time this weekend, but it almost didn't happen.

Currin said she selected her college with heart, which led her to Sweet Briar College, an all-female school in the mountains of Virginia.

When she was accepted to Sweet Briar, Currin decided to pursue degrees in equine studies and English.

"I am just really excited I'm able to go tot Sweet Briar," Amelia Currin said. "I did not think I would be able to."

In March, the private all-women's college announced that the Class of 2015 would be the final graduating class at the 114-year-old school.

As enrollment began to decline and financial issues were evident, Currin and her classmates began to form backup plans.

“The school was closing, everyone knew it was closing,” she said.

Alumnae of Sweet Briar took the matter to court and raised millions of dollars to save the school.

“Saving Sweet Briar came to life," Currin said. “There was a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Derek Currin, Amelia’s father, teaches at Campbell University. He said women’s colleges across the country are going through rough times, but are they worth saving.

“It is important to support that diversity of learning across the nation,” he said.

Sweet Briar has recovered, but there’s still work to be done.

Amelia Currin said she and fellow classmates have faith that the college will survive moving forward.

“It’s their home and they’re going to try to save their home,” Currin said.

Currin said she is currently packing and will be heading back to her dream school this weekend.