“Being a Guilford A Better Chance scholar has been pivotal to my development as a student and individual. I vividly remember driving to Guilford to start my freshman year. I had no idea what I would endure and experience being away from home, and I quickly realized homesickness would be a daily part of my life for the first couple of months. However, as an ABC scholar I found a built-in support system including my GABC sisters, our resident director, Lisa, my host family, the Glassers, and my board advisors. I thank them for being my support and cheerleaders from freshman year to now. This program has broadened my view of life in so many ways. Coming from a big city to a small suburban town was difficult, but I grew to love the quiet nights, walks to the Green, bike rides around town, and trips to Ashley’s. Throughout my years at Guilford High School, I became passionate about clubs such as CARE and Unity and discovered my love for theater arts. Despite the struggles, the rules and the image we have to uphold as an ABC student, this program has taught me to be independent, adaptable and appreciative.
ABC exposed me to the world outside of my comfort zone - from living in Guilford to having the opportunity to travel throughout the country and study abroad. With the help of GABC supporters, I raised money to travel to South Africa with the Experiment in International Living after my junior year. This month-long journey included visiting Cape Town and Robben Island, staying with a host family in Kwanokuthula and spending a few days at The African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg. In addition, I participated in three national ABC college tours which allowed me venture into new states, connect with scholars from across the country and visit over 50 colleges. I am pleased to say I will be furthering my education at Wellesley College in the Class of 2022.
We’ve all heard the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” — and it certainly does. I give a special thanks to my family, ABC and Guilford for being a part of that village which has helped mold me into the young woman I am becoming.”
“Going through high school as a Guilford ABC scholar is not a chance given to most. It’s an opportunity that has opened me up in many different ways. Coming to Guilford freshman year, I instantly felt support from board members, advisors, the girls, and Lisa, the resident director. It has been an uplifting and eye-opening experience as I watched the older girls, whom I admired, working hard, discovering their passions, and getting into college. While the small town of Guilford was a difficult adjustment after New York, I grew to appreciate the quietness, ability to see the stars, and the Guilford spirit. Guilford quickly became home; the girls became sisters; Lisa became another mom; and my host family, the Goldbergs, and my board advisors became a part of my new family.
Though being a Guilford ABC scholar was not always the easiest, I am grateful for the opportunities that the town of Guilford and its residents have provided me: joining the tennis team, going skiing for the first time, trying new foods (thanks to our cook, Jean), and travelling to Peru and India. It’s bittersweet to think that soon Guilford will no longer be ‘home’. However, the people I have met, the times of laughter and joy, the times of exhaustion and crying, the late nights, baking, and movie nights and so many more memories are things that I will never forget. I’m beyond proud to be a Guilford ABC scholar and amazed at how quickly these four years have gone.
This summer I will continue my travel adventures as I study Arabic in Jordan for six weeks through National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). Upon my return, I will be attending Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. I am both excited and nervous about this new chapter of my life. Guilford ABC has provided me with immense opportunities and has helped me flourish in many ways. During my past four years, I have learned a lot, laughed a lot, built a lot, and gained so many new relationships that I cherish. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for every unforgettable memory, every bond, every ride, every trip, and most importantly for all the new sisters that I have gained. I look forward to whatever the future may hold.” t