Let's continue the momentum!! What a great showing of support in just 2 days. Beth M., Class of 2011, was so inspired by the Tufts Alumni Association First Gen Scholarship project, that she graciously shared her story about being a first generation college student.
"Whenever I complained about homework as a child, my dad, who emigrated from Ethiopia and sacrificed so much, always said, "People can take many things from you, but they can never take what's in here," as he pointed to his temples with both index fingers. My parents moved to the U.S. to escape the revolution in Ethiopia.
I was born and raised in Oakland, California, with parents who dedicated their lives to making sure my brother and I received the best education possible. As a part of that journey, I received a generous amount of financial aid when I was accepted to Tufts University. My experience at Tufts was a formative one. It was the first time I was away from my family for more than week. It was where I learned more about the world around me and was surrounded by students who wanted to do the same. It was where I learned to embrace my bicultural experience as an Ethiopian-American. It was where I grieved following my father's sudden passing during the winter break of my sophomore year. Through everything, Tufts not only provided me with the education I yearned for, but also provided the friendship and guidance I needed.
My parents always worked hard. My father, for example, worked his way up in an entry level position at The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco without a college degree. Working hard is in my nature, but it was not enough. I needed help, I needed mentors, and I needed opportunities to reach new heights. Thanks to the generous aid I received from Tufts, I graduated to work as a paralegal, a consultant at a top firm, and most recently graduated from The University of Chicago Law School, one of the top law schools in the country. I am currently working in the DC office of NY-based law firm, Paul, Weiss."
Know that your support has a lifelong impact on students like Beth and Erick. Thank you for giving to ensure these opportunities will continue. Please share this project with your classmates as we strive for 200 donors – we’re already halfway to goal!
And a Jumbo thank you to Beth for sharing her inspirational story!