Eboni Boykin spent most of her childhood moving from one homeless shelter to another with her mother in the St. Louis area.
She also enrolled in more than 14 schools for one reason or another. But that did not stop her from realizing her dream of being accepted into an Ivy League school, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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The 17-year-old senior at Normandy High School has been accepted into Columbia University in New York City on a full scholarship. Currently, Boykin is editor-in-chief of her school’s student newspaper, a varsity cheerleader and a member of the student council. And, top all of that off, she has a 3.8 grade point average.
Boykin says she learned of her acceptance while taking a break from editing the school newspaper. She logged-on to Columbia’s website for online acceptance decisions where she learned about her admittance. She was ecstatic. Moments later, Boykin got another letter saying that she was awarded a full scholarship.
She cried tears of joy.
Boykin’s success should be inspiration for any young person to set their goals high in the face of adversity.
(Let’s face it. Most young folks stay out of school because of a minor cold, let alone because they were homeless)
To be sure, there are many young urban Black youths like Boykin. However, given the negative press about our young people, we can never grow tired of hearing about another brotha or sista overcoming a challenging childhood to make way for a promising adult life. Where many young people would have given up in Boykin’s situation, she saw it as the ultimate test of her character.
“Seeing the absolute worst of life is the ultimate motivation,” she said.