As some of you may know, I’ve been spending most of my Saturday mornings over the last 2+ years volunteering with Minds Matter Boston, a program that provides low-income, high-potential Boston-area students with mentorship, full tuition coverage to top-tier academic summer programs, professional ACT and writing instruction, and access to experts on the college application and financial aid process.
Through Minds Matter, I have had the pleasure and honor of mentoring an incredibly talented and motivated young woman named Briti. Briti immigrated to the US from Nepal with her family in 2013 when she was 12. In Nepal, Briti’s parents were well-educated and highly-regarded community leaders and business operators, but due to the language barrier, are now employed in very low-income jobs with little upward mobility. Despite her new and challenging environment in the US, Briti has thrived and is currently a high school senior at the top of her class. When Briti isn’t busy studying for 4 AP classes, or helping out her parents at home, or tutoring her younger brother and cousins, you can find her leading cheerleading practice as the captain of her team, volunteering for the Youth Group in her neighborhood, or working on the bath bomb start-up she co-founded. She is also an incredibly talented artist and chef, and one of the most inspiring people I’ve been lucky to meet. Because of the awesome things that Minds Matter does, Briti was able to spend the past two summers at Johns Hopkins and Cornell studying medicine, her ultimate passion given her first-hand experience with poor healthcare in Nepal. And because of Minds Matter, Briti did not have to spend a dime to do any of it. Briti's family has been so thankful for Minds Matter that they invited my co-mentor, Allison Fachetti, and me to their house, cooked us a traditional Nepali meal, and opened up their home and hearts despite the language barrier.
I know this time of year can be overwhelming with requests for charitable giving, but I urge you all to strongly consider donating to Minds Matter's 2018 Holiday Drive (link below). This is an incredible program that is near and dear to my heart as a first-generation American and college graduate, and it would mean the world to me if you consider helping me reach my donation goal of $1,500. Every single cent counts, and I really can't stress enough the incredible things this organization does. Happy Holidays and thank you everyone!
P.S. Briti just applied early action for admission to Harvard, let's keep our fingers crossed!