What’s happened to the three young women at the center of ‘Step’ since filming stopped in May 2016 with their graduation from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women? (Warning: Movie spoilers ahead.)
Blessin Giraldo completed her freshman year at Coppin State University, majoring in business marketing, with a double minor in graphic design and communications.
“I wasn't involved a lot socially” in high school, she says. “I kind of played the underdog, the unspoken hero. I went there, I immediately gained a lot of school pride. It was my first time being at a coed school in a long time.
“I know exactly what I want to do. I want to be a business mogul, helping you figure out why your sales are steady or why they’re declining or decreasing. With graphic design, I’m not only good with creative arts, but visual arts as well. I like to draw, so I’ll be doing things from being a creative director for [a] commercial to a billboard to redesigning your website to a logo to a business card. And with communications, I’ll get your business on the radio, on TV. I could also [help with] radio personnel if I wanted to, to get you to know the right celebrities, into the right parties and right endorsement deals. Just help your business grow.”
Cori Grainger completed her freshman year at the Johns Hopkins University, studying computer science and international studies, with a minor in Spanish.
“My first semester was a really big transition for me academically,” she says. “I didn’t really feel like I was prepared for all the rigor that Hopkins had to offer. I went from being a big fish in a small pond at [BLSYW]. I graduated valedictorian, but at Hopkins, it’s the exact opposite environment, where everybody graduated as valedictorian.
“The second semester went a lot better than the first did, and I’m just hoping that the upward trend continues.”
Tayla Solomon completed her freshman year at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Ala., studying urban planning with a minor in political science.
“My freshman year was really different from what I expected,” she says. “When I first went there, I’m thinking I’m going to be 12 hours away, this is great, I’m not going to call my mom as much. But we’re calling each other every day.
“I didn’t really make any friends [at first], because I didn’t really know how to, because I had the same sisters for seven years, going on eight now. It was really difficult for me. But the spring semester, I made some friends, opened up more, and now I know how to balance my social life and my academic life.”