Girma Gessesse

August 23rd, 2010 ·
Girma
  • 2010 BCF High Hopes Scholarship recipient
  • San Francisco State University
The obligations that come with being part of an Ethiopian family is that education is what determines one’s life, and it must be kept as a priority. My parents came to the United States with only their high school diplomas and they wanted to see their children succeed in attaining secondary education. As a result through my academics and social endeavors, I realized that the intellectual space my parents have created for me and the socially conscious identity that I am striving to attain can both exist in the same framework. I am eager to enter the [Cal State] system with a broader view that goes beyond the classroom. I am excited to join social groups that focus on African American rights and interact with likeminded people.

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“Girma’s most striking characteristic is his genuine concern for other individuals. He is dedicated to school, while maintaining a healthy balance of extracurricular and social activities. Given this, he will be able to prioritize the demanding life of a college student. Girma is a mature and responsible young man.” Teacher, Berkeley High School
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