Making college a reality — Be a World of Good
The reason my family and I moved from Kenya to the United States was because my mom wanted us to be able to have the American education because it would provide us with a lot more opportunities in life, and open a lot more doors than just a secondary education that we could get in Kenya. The Dream Project let me know that I wasn’t alone. The Dream Project supports first-generation and low-income high school students in pursuing either higher education or any sort of post-graduation plans after high school. I think she has a lot of potential and that she’s going to go very far. And just the fact that I was able to help her as an individual, both academically and personally, is just very nice for me — to be a part of that. [loudspeaker announcement] My senior year, I didn’t know anything. I didn’t know how to get to the college application website. It felt like I was the only person who didn’t know that but seeing all the other kids who were going there and, like, had the same question as me made me feel less scared about admitting that I needed the help and getting the help that I needed. My mom has encouraged me to go to college and she’s done that by actually sitting me down and going, “I want you to go to college. I want you to get the most out of American education.” That’s why my mom left Kenya and brought us here. I feel so proud of her and I told her, “You have to follow your dream, and never give up.” I feel like by going to college that I’m showing my mom that the struggles and all the effort that she’s put into raising us isn’t going to waste. And that doesn’t mean just what I’m doing is solely for her. It’s just I’m doing it keeping in mind that someone has given up so much for me to be able to do what I’m doing.