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Many first generation San Diego students admitted to top colleges

Students from San Diego, Montgomery and Hoover highschool all earned acceptance letters to a number of the most prestigious colleges within the nation.

SAN DIEGO — High faculty seniors have been learning endlessly to get to this second, the second the place school acceptance letters start to arrive.

For first generation students who’re receiving this acceptance letter it does not solely imply moving into their dream school, it additionally means inching nearer to attaining the American dream.

It’s an emotional second for 17-year-old Umulkheir Sharif from Hoover High School who’s sitting subsequent to her household. Her and her household are about to discover out that she has been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania on a full trip scholarship.

Although she gained’t be accepting the supply as a result of the college doesn’t have this system that aligns together with her career alternative, Sharif remains to be overjoyed to know that she earned an acceptance letter to a prestigious faculty like UPenn. She as a substitute, will likely be attending UC San Diego. “Definitely a groundbreaking moment for me,” stated Sharif.

However, it’s not simply Sharif, her good friend Victoria Ruiz from Montgomery High School was additionally experiencing an emotional second. 

Ruiz is unable to comprise her tears in entrance of her Spanish instructor after studying she will likely be attending Dartmouth College subsequent year, additionally on a full trip scholarship. “The moment that I opened it and saw that I was a match, I started crying,” stated Ruiz.

There’s additionally Zhi Nava-Chen from San Diego High School who was shocked after realizing he earned an acceptance letter to Brown University. “I’m really grateful,” stated Nava-Chen. 

Except, the trail to turning into a part of the Ivy League success wasn’t straightforward. Sharif, Ruiz and Nava-Chen are low earnings students residing in South Bay San Diego, the three have totally different immigrant backgrounds.

Sharif and her household are from Kenya , Ruiz from Mexico and Nava-Chen can be from Mexico, however his mom and her aspect of the household is from China.

 The one huge similarity they share is that these graduates are all first generation students. 

“As a first generation student and being low-income, me and my mom would live in a studio apartment and because we could hardly afford rent we had to live off of food stamps. My father passed away, my mom was unemployed and we weren’t making ends meet, so it was very difficult,” stated Ruiz. 

 Trying to make ends meet was a part of the battle, being first generation additionally means studying how to navigate the nation’s schooling system by yourself. Most immigrant dad and mom are studying the schooling system concurrently their youngsters.

“Neither one of my parents went to college, they came from Somalia, they never went to first grade. They don’t even know English. So when I went home, I would go home to a family who didn’t know how to set me up for college. They didn’t know what the medical field entails,” stated Sharif.

According to the latest knowledge from the nonprofit First Generation Scholars –a company that has helped tons of of first generation students get into school, and likewise helped Sharif, Ruiz and Nava-Chen– considered one of each three first generation students don’t even graduate school. The acceptance rate for Ivy League universities is lower than 10 p.c and the typical annual value is over 80 thousand {dollars}. 

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Making the faculty dream seemingly unreachable for first generation students.

“My mom started crying for like 20 minutes, she was happy for me, but she was worried about paying for college and when she heard I got a full ride she couldn’t believe it,” stated Nava-Chen.

Now with a 4.0 GPA, within the honor system and Sharif even being valedictorian, the three students have confirmed {that a} language barrier and their background does not outline their future. It’s the work they’ve put in all these years to earn a university expertise.

 “I even started a club where it involves motivating other students who are also low income, to apply,” stated Ruiz, who now plans to main in biomedical engineering.

Sharif plans to pursue a career within the medical subject in addition to Nava-Chen. All three of them will likely be graduating in June. 

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