- 2012 Falik/Cohen High Hopes Scholarship recipient
- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Everything was gone. I stood in the middle of the street watching my life burn down fifty feet away. My dog was inside. My clothes, photographs, school work and memories, were all gone. My foundation of life was crumbling away and I had no way to stop it. I knew that in the years to come, I would have to rebuild my life from ground zero. Even though my home life was holding me down, is till kept setting higher and higher goals to reach. I still wanted to push for my dreams and break the stereotype. In order to break the stereotype and expectations of my family, I realized that going to college and be the first in my immediate family to graduate was a must. The fire motivated me to become an architect so I can help rebuild houses that are lost to fires or are no longer a happy place to live in. My house fire has made me realize that if I push hard enough, I can reach my dream.
“Ben is self-driven. He has achieved academically through intellectual curiosity, and a deep desire to educate himself. He is one of a kind.”
Teacher, Berkeley High School