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Reminder: Where you are meant to be, you will be in time. #BetterMakeRoom

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Here’s some #MondayMotivation for college-bound students from our #BeatingTheOdds Summit:⁣ ⁣ 🔹If you didn’t do well in high school, don’t give up! Meet with your advisor to prepare for college ⁣ 🔹Major in what excites you⁣ 🔹When making new friends, be patient and put yourself out there⁣ 🔹Time management is key ⁣ 🔹Take care of your mental health ⁣ 🔹 Always remember that you belong at your college ⁣ ⁣ Do you have any advice for rising college freshmen? Share below! #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher

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A reminder for all the students out there: ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “I know often times, we end up in these spaces where you are around all these people and we sit there and say, ‘I just can’t believe I’m here.’ I want you to erase that, you’re exactly where you belong. You are never in a room that you don’t belong in.” ⁣ ⁣ -Wes Moore #BeatingTheOdds #BetterMakeRoom

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“College was an opportunity that opened up a lot of doors for me. I made some great friends, I have so many memories and I made a lot of connections. I found my community, my peers, my mentors, my friends, and my teammates.” -Mallory Pugh #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher

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Over the next couple of days, we’ll share some advice from panelists at our #BeatingTheOdds Summit last week.⁣ ⁣ We’ll start off by sharing an important reminder from Rochelle Fraenig, a student at the University of Michigan and #BeatingTheOdds alum, who was part of our first Summit back in 2014.⁣ ⁣ “It’s empowering to know that my voice is important, that our voices are important, and that our stories are important to share.” #BetterMakeRoom ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

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“It was a true privilege to have a real conversation around first-generation college students with recent grad Rachel Scott, Philly Eagles finest Malcolm Jenkins, Wes Moore, and former First Lady Michelle Obama. As a first-generation college student, I remember the fear I had to overcome and the hurdles I had to jump in order to get where I’m at today. One thing we all agreed on was that we couldn’t have done it alone. It truly does take a village. I’ve been blessed with many opportunities thanks to my support system. There is no substitute for hard work. Public Speaking was never my “thing” but when I say I’ve taken every opportunity extended to me, I mean it. From almost being a high school dropout —to being a student parent —to advocating for post-secondary education with Michelle Obama. The journey has been crazy. Thank you #bettermakeroom, #reachhigher, and @michelleobama for making this all possible for first-generation students like myself.” -Ariel Ventura-Lazo #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher

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“I am so proud of everyone I met today at the #BeatingTheOdds Summit with @reachhigher2020. To anyone out there who feels like the world is stacked against them, know that I'm rooting for you to succeed and reach your full potential." -Michelle Obama

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Repost @michelleobama: Today I’m headed to @Howard1867 for our 5th annual #BeatingTheOdds Summit, where I’ll be reunited with some of the students I’ve met over the years. One of these is a resilient young woman named Rachel McKenzie Scott—and her story, like so many of those we’ll be celebrating today—couldn’t be more inspiring. For much of her life, Rachel felt like the world was working against her. She lost her mother when she was 12 and not long after, her father left their family. She and her siblings became wards of the state of Washington and her two younger siblings entered foster care. She’d go to bed at night wondering where her next meal would come from, and she’d wake up in the morning worried that she wouldn’t have clean clothes for school. Every day, she worried about her family’s safety, and she often thought about dropping out and giving up. But Rachel bet on herself. She asked for help and leaned on her mentor, Melissa Repp, to get through high school and college. At the University of Washington, she found professors she could open up to, friends she could relate to, and a trusty support dog, Blu, who was always there when she needed her. Today, she’s a graduate from the University of Washington, about to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming an oceanographer. But that’s only part of the story—I’ll let Rachel tell you the rest. Check out my Instagram Story today as she takes it over and gives you a behind-the-scenes-look at today’s Summit.

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It's almost time for our #BeatingTheOdds Summit with @MichelleObama! ⁣⁣ ⁣ Make sure to tune in LIVE tomorrow 7/23 at 11:10AM ET to hear from: @MichelleObama, @malcolmjenkins27, @iamwesmoore, ⁣@r_mac_scott, and⁣ @a_ventura_lazo. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Link in bio. #BetterMakeRoom 🎉🎓

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Hey, first-gen students! Swipe ⬅️ to see Mrs. Obama’s five tips for you to keep in mind before starting college.⁣ ⁣ 1) Find your community ⁣ 2) Engage in campus life ⁣ 3) Ask for help ⁣ 4) Find your passions ⁣ 5) Enjoy it ⁣ ⁣ Have any tips you want to share with other students? Comment below! #BeatingTheOdds #BetterMakeRoom

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Here’s are some throwback photos from our #BeatingTheOdds Summits over the years. Can’t wait until this year’s Summit on Tuesday! #BetterMakeRoom #tbt

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“This is Darius Wesley, who I first met at a #BeatingTheOdds Summit back in 2014. Back then, he’d just graduated from North Lawndale College Prep in my hometown of Chicago. Growing up on the west side of the city, Darius lost friends and family members to violence and drugs. In high school, he was forced to uproot his life when his mother faced a series of health issues. At times, Darius told me, he just wanted to give up. But he didn’t. He couldn’t. It’s not who he is.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Five years later, he’s channeled the lessons he learned while overcoming those obstacles into a marketing degree at Cleveland State University—becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college. I could not be prouder of this young man. Looking back, Darius said, "I appreciate those challenges-–they caused me to reach back and remember the support system that I have in the back of my pocket. All of the teachers and coaches that believe in me as a player, as a student, as a person. My mother, sisters, and brothers are all looking for me to just do better." ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Next Tuesday, Darius will once again join me in DC for our 5th anniversary #BeatingTheOdds Summit with @ReachHigher2020—one of the most inspiring days of the year. And in the meantime, I want to hear from all of you: Who's a young person in your life who is #BeatingTheOdds? Share their stories with me in the comments below. #ReachHigher⁣⁣” - @michelleobama

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This summer we are celebrating. We are celebrating the amazing high-school graduates who are overcoming obstacles and conquering challenges to make it to their first year of college. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ With that in mind, we are proud to host our 5th anniversary #BeatingTheOdds Summit with @MichelleObama next Tuesday, July 23rd - a day filled with panels to share college experiences, workshops to prepare students for a successful first semester, and much more.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We’d love for YOU to plan a #BeatingTheOdds Summit at your school, on your campus, or in your community as a way to support these college-bound students. LINK IN BIO. #BetterMakeRoom

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COLLEGE TIP: Make smart 📚 and educated 🏫 decisions about money 💵 while you’re young. Saving, building credit, and budgeting is worth your while. Share your tips below! #BeatingTheOdds #BetterMakeRoom

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Hey. Hey. Hey. Do you use the library? 📚⁣ ⁣ Insider tip: most required class textbooks are actually on reserve at your university’s library. Plan a trip, check the online library catalog, or call your university library to see if they have any of your textbooks.⁣ ⁣ *You can usually find out the books required for a class by checking your class syllabus. A syllabus is an overview (kind of like an outline) of the topics you'll be learning in a course.* #BetterMakeRoom #BeatingTheOdds

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You've graduated high school! Congrats! Time to make sure you’ve done everything you need to have a successful first semester in college - which is often the hardest one!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ To help prepare you, we'll share tips and advice here to make sure you're ready for class on day one. ⁣ ⁣ Here's your first tip: your academic advisor is your friend. Take it upon yourself to reach out to your advisor and introduce yourself. Your advisor will be YOUR advocate throughout your time in college and a major asset during your first semester. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Current college students: Now is the time to follow up with your advisor and make sure you're taking the right classes for your major/minors and are on track to graduate. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Have any additional tips? Share them below. #BeatingTheOdds #BetterMakeRoom

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“‘Growing up in a low socioeconomic area with a single Mom, higher education was not a priority. Bare necessities such as food and shelter were our first priority because money was scarce. However, I have not been deterred from achieving my goals.’ Those were the first sentences of my UC application. Today, I completed my entire honors program and I’m walking away with two associates degrees. This one is for all the first generation, low income students! The power of storytelling is so important and mine is still in progress. My community college experience was SO rich and allowed me to be genuinely aware of the world around me. Definitely the best decision I’ve made in my life!” -Madison Pulido #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher

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“I’ll leave with this. I graduated with a different mindset than the way I entered high school. High school taught me that you won’t get anywhere trying to be perfect or whatever facade you try to put up around everyone. To any underclassmen or anyone, do what makes you happy and pay no mind to others. People that judge or hate, are either jealous or don’t have anything better to do. Take classes you’re interested in and partake in an any activities you are passionate about, because at the end of the day we are the ones who live with the decisions we make. It’s been good. ✌🏽” -David Guevara #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher

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‪Maggie Hu has dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was in high school. She went on to become a nursing student at San Diego State University where she even studied abroad in Thailand to provide free medical services.‬ Last month, she graduated from SDSU and is on her way to making her dream of becoming a nurse come true. She just passed her nursing boards exam and accepted a position as an oncology nurse at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. She plans to work for a few years before going back to school to pursue her doctorate degree in nursing and become a family nurse practitioner. #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher

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“Hi, my name is Kaitlyn. I just graduated from high school and I am going to community college this fall followed by a university. I also just graduated from my local technical education center where I got several certifications in digital media and technology. ⁣ ⁣ School was a bit of a struggle for me as I have severe social anxiety. However, I managed to graduate Cum Laude which was a big step for me. I plan to major in digital media in the future. I’m hoping to become a screenwriter as well as work on films.⁣ ⁣ If there was one thing high school taught me it was to surround yourself with people who lift you up—and you too will succeed. I look forward to all my future endeavors and I would like to wish the #ClassOf2019 the best! We did it!” #BetterMakeRoom

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‪“That’s a wrap! None of this would’ve been possible without my village, great friends, and the man upstairs! On to bigger and better things. Bound for greatness at HU! ❤️💙” -Rashan ‬#BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher

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“Today my daughter graduated from Pre-K. After the ceremony, my son walked up to her and gave her a hug.⁣ ⁣ He said, “I’m just so proud of you.”⁣ ⁣ Then of course my daughter started crying. As we wiped away our tears, my husband asked her, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?”⁣ ⁣ She responded, “I’m just so happy.”⁣ ⁣ Tag someone you’re proud of below! #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher

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‪“Congrats #ClassOf2019 — we did it! Thanks for making my four years of high school an amazing one! I hope to see you all again soon, and wish you all the best in whatever you decide to do.” —Ethan #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher ‬

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“Class of 2019!! I’m flooded with emotions right now. I’ve never been more proud of myself in my life. Can’t believe I graduated at 15 with a 4.24 GPA ya digggggg 🎓🖤” -Kyla Drew #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher

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The creativity level of these #graduationcaps: 💯 #BetterMakeRoom

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“At this moment in my life I couldn’t be more proud of myself and all the accomplishments I’ve made so far. ⁣ ⁣ Being an inner city kid from Chicago, growing up in a household of 7, I have had to overcome many trials and tribulations. I’m blessed to have had the power to change the narrative of being a young African American male in the United States. Following the potential that God has given me to pursue a higher education, I have met many great mentors and people along the way. ⁣ ⁣ So, I say to all students who are on the journey to achieve a higher education that you must have the willpower, determination, and discipline. Understand that times will get hard, but you got this! Just put your best foot forward and work hard to achieve your goals. Remember, you are limitless, and you are enough! Understand that nothing in life worth having will be easy, but it will be worth it in the end.” -Darius Wesley, #BeatingTheOdds alum and recent graduate from Cleveland State University #ReachHigher #BetterMakeRoom

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“I’ll calc-u later high school !!📱// Before freshman year began, my dad promised me that we wouldn't move again and that I'd finally be in one place for four years, and have the chance to go to one high school. Three high schools later… and I'm officially a high school graduate! Life doesn't work out the way you expect it to. In each new environment, I had my own plans for the person I wanted to be and what I wanted to accomplish. However, life surprised me, taking me to new and unexpected places. These events not only challenged me, but they broadened my perspective, allowing me to grow into the person I am today. Far too often, the hardest experiences teach you the most powerful and transformational lessons. I finally understood that you can't change the way things are, but you can change the way you look at things. These last four years have been the best and worst of times. I've met so many genuine people from around the world, some of who I have the fortune of spending the next four years of my life with and others who may be across the country—where I'll only be a phone call away :) There were countless nights of so many tears. Through it all, I'm so grateful for the support of my parents who have been with me every step of the way. I'm so thankful for all the teachers, mentors, and friends who've encouraged me to go forward and opened my eyes to new stages of opportunity and strength. This is for all of them. I'm incredibly blessed to be attending Harvard University this fall. I'm so excited to say that I will be in one place for four years–the longest I've ever lived anywhere! I can't wait for all the new adventures that lie ahead. I've finally found stability and home through Harvard. ❤️” #ReachHigher #BetterMakeRoom #harvard2023

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“I’ll be studying media arts and film production at Emerson College! I’m excited to make new friends, further my academics, and deepen my interest in film. I aspire to be a film director and screenwriter, and my goal is help to bring more mental health awareness to the big screen!” -Emily Lane #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher

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Bruno Youn, graduated from Claremont McKenna College last month with a 3.8 GPA and Phi Beta Kappa honors. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ He was selected by the senior class to give the student commencement address at graduation. In his speech, he talked about being autistic and shared the progression of his college journey. He shared that it wasn’t easy and that “changing as an individual doesn’t have to mean losing your individuality.” ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Despite his disability, Bruno excelled while in college. He majored in philosophy, politics, and economics. He conducted policy research and worked on political campaigns. He was a Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum fellow. And now he’s added another impressive accomplishment to this resume: college grad. Congrats, Bruno! ⁣⁣#classof2019 #ReachHigher #BetterMakeRoom ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ [📸: @latimes]

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"Greetings! My name is Tybrell Thomas and I will be furthering my education at Winthrop University. While at Winthrop, I plan on majoring in environmental science and possibly minoring in film production/cinematography. As both majors dramatically differ from one another, my interests in both fields continue to grow immensely each day. Given the fact that the state of the Earth is in dire need of a change, I would like to motivate and encourage people to join the change. I believe I can do that through film. Filmmaking has always been such an intriguing process to me. During my leisure time, I observe different films – short films, videos, etc. – to grasp the general concepts and uniqueness of their construction. I look for the hidden meanings behind every film I watch. I am eager to start college soon! I hope to make a difference by using my passion for film to create a lasting impact on people all over the world." #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher #ClassOf2019

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It’s always fun to see how graduates end up creatively decorating their grad caps. Are you a recent grad? Do you have a friend or sibling who just graduated? Give them a shoutout below! Share your cap by tagging us and using #BetterMakeRoom and #ReachHigher in your post! 🎓🎉

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“This resilient and hardworking young lady is Anta Nije. I first met Anta back in 2015 when I spoke at King College Prep’s graduation on the South Side of Chicago. Three years later, I caught up with Anta in Atlanta while talking to a group of college students during my #IAmBecoming book tour. A first-generation college student, she graduated just last month from @Spelman_College where she studied political science and journalism. While at Spelman, she hosted a podcast, mentored first-year students at Morehouse, joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and became Miss HBCU. Now with her degree in hand, she’s taking her next step by interning at a fashion company in Paris and with a dream of one day building her own fashion brand. I’m so proud of the person that Anta has become. She’s a terrific example of the many bright young people in our country working hard to lift up themselves and their families through education. Now, I want to hear from you. Let’s give some love to all of the inspiring #Classof2019 graduates out there -- shout them out by tagging them in the comments below! #ReachHigher” - @michelleobama #BetterMakeRoom

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“21 years ago, my mother gave birth to me while escaping from a violent civil war. After walking for many miles, we eventually arrived at a refugee camp which became our home for the next seven years. My parents sacrificed so much for their children and even gave up their own food just to feed us. As a little girl living in a refugee camp I saw injustice happening around me. Now that I have a college degree I can speak for those people from a place of safety, security, and with a stronger, more powerful voice. I knew from a young age that education was the only way in which I could change the world, so I made that my top priority. I would have never made it this far without God, my parents, my family and the countless people who made it possible for me to live in a refugee camp and move to the USA. I appreciate everyone who has supported me throughout the way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. So yes, it is possible to be born during a civil war, live in a refugee camp, go through painful events and still make your dream come true. Nevertheless, she persisted.” -Hamdia Ahmed #ReachHigher #BetterMakeRoom

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"Ever since I can remember, I've always had this goal of going to college. I am a foster kid. It wasn’t hard to think about moving since I’ve never lived anywhere for more than a couple of months. But for the first time in my life, I got to choose a home. For the next four years, I will be nurturing my education by being the best student I can be. I’m the most excited I’ve ever been. Not only am I on the verge of beginning at a new place with new people and new adventures, but I’ll get to pursue a major that was my choice. I am in control of my own education and I get to decide what is essential for me to learn." -Victor Hernandez, graduating senior at Roosevelt High School #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher

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“I’m proud to have accomplished as much as I did over the last four years, and I’m excited to embark on this next chapter of my life at Columbus State University. I can’t wait to start learning from the amazing teachers in the theatre department and I’m excited to nourish my craft and make a difference in my community and in the world.” -Lauren #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher

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“Hi, my name is Haseeb and I’m an incoming freshman at El Camino College! I’m excited to start college in order to explore my different interests and hopefully find out more about myself. Currently, I’m interested in business and economics and its intersection with society and culture, and El Camino College is the perfect place to help start me on my path.” #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher

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“Your location is not your limitation. Anything that is a blockade is not something you can’t overcome...Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb.” -Tupac Moseley Tupac’s family fell behind on paying their bills after his father died. They lost their home when it was foreclosed, and his family spent time living with relatives and in a cabin at a retreat center. Despite all of this, Tupac was able to graduate as the valedictorian from Raleigh-Egypt High School with a 4.3 GPA and over $3 million in scholarships. This fall, he’s attending Tennessee State University on a full-ride scholarship and will be majoring in electrical engineering. #MondayMotivation #ReachHigher #BetterMakeRoom

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Congrats to all the new high school and college grads! You DID it. Your hard work and determination led you to this momentous day and accomplishment. Take a second to soak it all in. Take some time to thank the people who helped you get here. We know it wasn't an easy journey, but you made it through. You should be very proud. #ClassOf2019, we’re rooting for you and can't wait to see what you do next! #ReachHigher #BetterMakeRoom 🎉🎓

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“In 5 years, I will have written a non-fiction or fictional book. I will be using my platform in the entertainment industry to collaborate with organizations like UNICEF to help make a difference in the world. I also wish to give a speech at the annual WE Day charity event to speak and inspire others.” -Taahira Bholat Taahira is a senior at Lawndale High School. She will be attending El Camino College where she will be a student in their accounting major honors program. Share your plans for the future using #CollegeSigningDay and #BetterMakeRoom! 💫

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“In five years, I plan to pursue a career in journalism or possibly go to law school. I will work to encourage and empower youth in any way possible. By assuring young girls that look like me that no matter what educational path they may choose, the world is theirs and they can do anything.” -Lauren Stuart Lauren recently completed her Associate's degree at Pierce College. This fall, she will transfer to @Howard1867 to study public relations and journalism. #CollegeSigningDay #BetterMakeRoom

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“Thanks to my teachers and counselors, I was able to get the help I needed to apply to college and complete the FAFSA. They helped me understand some of the decisions I was making as well, so I am thankful for them for pushing me to learn more about college and the benefits of the FAFSA. In five years, I hope to become a paramedic to help people live safe and healthier lives.” -Raquel Guerrero Raquel is a senior at Norte Vista High School! She will be going to Riverside City College this fall to enroll in the Law Enforcement Program and the Paramedic Program. #CollegeSigningDay #BetterMakeRoom

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“Hi! My name is Rebecca Eliassaint and I will be attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro this fall with one of my best friends, Aalyiah. I will be majoring in Public Health and minoring in Musical Theater. I plan on going further and getting my Masters degree in Healthcare Management and making our healthcare system a better place for people of all backgrounds. I hope to one day build better hospitals in Haiti, the country my mother emigrated from. I can’t wait to see what the future has for me and my fellow peers!” #CollegeSigningDay #BetterMakeRoom

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“My name is Zyahna Bryant, and I will be attending the University of Virginia this fall. I plan to major in sociology and minor in African American studies. I hope to eventually pursue a career in public policy or law.” #CollegeSigningDay #BetterMakeRoom

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“Hello, my name is Maritza Hernandez. I am from a small town in Arlington, Minnesota. I will be the first person in my family to graduate from high school since my mother did not have the chance to finish her freshman year of high school. I am pleased to announce that I will be attending Ridgewater Community College in Hutchinson, Minnesota this fall! I will be majoring in Forensics to become a Pathologist and minor in law enforcement. After getting my associates degree, I plan to transfer to a four-year university to get my bachelor’s degree, and eventually get my doctoral degree. Without the support of my AVID teacher Mrs. Hazelwood, my mother, and my little brothers, I wouldn't be here!” #CollegeSigningDay #BetterMakeRoom

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“My name is Zion James and I’m from Lancaster, Texas. I will be graduating from Lancaster High School and going to the University of Texas where I will major in government. After college, I plan to go the The Thurgood Marshall School of Law to study law and become a lawyer and later a politician.” #CollegeSigningDay #BetterMakeRoom

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Congrats to all the students who are the first person in their family to go to college! We’re so proud of you! #BetterMakeRoom #CollegeSigningDay

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“Can’t wait to see what the next 4 years bring!” -Alexis #CollegeSigningDay #BetterMakeRoom 🎉

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Cheering on your friends as they celebrate #CollegeSigningDay and talk about their plans after high school >>>>>> 🤩🎓

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“Hi, my name is Yaseen Major. I am from Charlotte, North Carolina. I am proud to announce that I will be attending the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I will be majoring in Political Science with a Concentration in Pre-Law. I plan on becoming a lawyer working on family law or a politician.” #CollegeSigningDay #BetterMakeRoom

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The future is bright! ✨ These Pre-K students (Class of 2032!) celebrated #CollegeSigningDay by wearing a graduation cap and gown, and sharing their awesome plans for the future! #BetterMakeRoom #ReachHigher 🎓😭🎉