INTERNATIONAL YALIES: HOW SIMILAR ARE WE?
Faith Chumo
CampusTales Contributor
Yale University
May 24th, 2017


Many of us have lived on coffee since the age of 14 and have understood that a B grade usually comes along with days of guilt, boxes of tissue and a pity party with the rest of your nerdy friends. Okay, with a slight allowance for exaggeration, any of these statements may be true; many of us had to work our butts off in high school to get the transcripts and qualifications that Yale looks for.
Going to school at an Ivy League College as an international student from Kenya does have its challenges and perks. Personally, the ‘story of my life’ before I got to Yale takes a lot of pressure off the high expectations that my family has of me. They brought me up expecting nothing less, and I mean, if you’re trying to get into Yale, you’ve probably been brought up in a similar way. My academic expectations (personal, but mostly parental) have revolved around 4.0 GPAs, single digit (above 2) class positions and career prospects that strictly involve medicine, engineering or law. In fact, there’s a common joke (for teens, it’s more of a threat) that’s been told to almost every young adult who’s about to pursue higher education in an African home: There are only four options when it comes to career choice: Doctor, Engineer, Lawyer, Disgrace to the family.
Our college applications (and yours too, if you’re thinking of applying to Yale) most probably portray exceptional grades and an ability to learn multiple skills concurrently. Many of us have lived on coffee since the age of 14 and have understood that a B grade usually comes along with days of guilt, boxes of tissue and a pity party with the rest of your nerdy friends. Okay, with a slight allowance for exaggeration, any of these statements may be true; many of us had to work our butts off in high school to get the transcripts and qualifications that Yale looks for.
The good news is, you knew it was going to be hard. The best news is: there are thousands of others experiencing exactly what you’re going through.
However, what really does happen when we are forced to transition from a conservative school of thought that despite wishing us prosperity, limits our capabilities in some way, to a wild jungle whose academic and social systems are different and most importantly, liberal?
Simple Answer: change.
Check out my next blog on how your choice of college/country to study in could influence the big and little things about you.
Cheers,
Faith Cherotich
Yale College
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INTERNATIONAL YALIES: HOW SIMILAR ARE WE?
Faith Chumo
CampusTales Contributor
Yale University
September 28th, 2017
Many of us have lived on coffee since the age of 14 and have understood that a B grade usually comes along with days of guilt, boxes of tissue and a pity party with the rest of your nerdy friends. Okay, with a slight allowance for exaggeration, any of these statements may be true; many of us had to work our butts off in high school to get the transcripts and qualifications that Yale looks for.
Going to school at an Ivy League College as an international student from Kenya does have its challenges and perks. Personally, the ‘story of my life’ before I got to Yale takes a lot of pressure off the high expectations that my family has of me. They brought me up expecting nothing less, and I mean, if you’re trying to get into Yale, you’ve probably been brought up in a similar way. My academic expectations (personal, but mostly parental) have revolved around 4.0 GPAs, single digit (above 2) class positions and career prospects that strictly involve medicine, engineering or law. In fact, there’s a common joke (for teens, it’s more of a threat) that’s been told to almost every young adult who’s about to pursue higher education in an African home: There are only four options when it comes to career choice: Doctor, Engineer, Lawyer, Disgrace to the family.
Our college applications (and yours too, if you’re thinking of applying to Yale) most probably portray exceptional grades and an ability to learn multiple skills concurrently. Many of us have lived on coffee since the age of 14 and have understood that a B grade usually comes along with days of guilt, boxes of tissue and a pity party with the rest of your nerdy friends. Okay, with a slight allowance for exaggeration, any of these statements may be true; many of us had to work our butts off in high school to get the transcripts and qualifications that Yale looks for.
The good news is, you knew it was going to be hard. The best news is: there are thousands of others experiencing exactly what you’re going through.
However, what really does happen when we are forced to transition from a conservative school of thought that despite wishing us prosperity, limits our capabilities in some way, to a wild jungle whose academic and social systems are different and most importantly, liberal?
Simple Answer: change.
Check out my next blog on how your choice of college/country to study in could influence the big and little things about you.
Cheers,
Faith Cherotich
Yale College
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