Attending college has been my goal ever since I was old enough to think concretely about my future. My parents came to the U.S. to pursue better opportunities but have faced many roadblocks on the way and sacrificed a lot so that I wouldn’t face the same barriers. I have access to opportunities to go where they couldn’t, so these past four years in high school I have worked hard to take advantage of all those opportunities in order to assure myself a spot in college and a good scholarship. I hope that while in college I will be able to explore many different disciplines and find out where what I want to do and what the world needs intersect. I hope to one day pay forward all the sacrifices my parents have made by reaching a position in which I can open the door to others that have been disadvantaged.
My Summer Search experience helped me transform from a girl with many fears and anxieties to a young woman confident in her abilities to overcome them.” Elebetel graduated from high school in 2018 and headed to Tufts University in the fall to study International Relations. She also just returned from a trip to Ethiopia, where she was born, with her family!
“ My mentors also helped me throughout the process of evaluating financial aid and applying for it, which made Harvard more affordable and contributed to my decision to enroll there."