School: David Douglas High School
Fatuma’s face lights up when she talks about college.
She knows higher education is the key to achieving her dream of becoming a nurse, yet for Fatuma, college is about so much more than her own career goals; it’s about being an inspiration for her seven younger siblings. “I can see that my mom wants us to go, and she wishes she had the opportunity. So, I feel like I have to do it for all of us.”
She’s also inspired to earn her degree by her coach, Paige. “She went to college. She knows what she’s doing. She wants us to succeed and she makes me believe I can. It’s a good thing to have someone who’s there for you, who will be able to support you and give an extra push.”