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Review for Rwandagirls, MEDINA, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My high school life wouldn't have been better. The three years I studied at Gashora Girls Academy( a school founded by RGI) have been so far the most meaningful in my life. The knowledge I got from there is my drive to become the person I aspire to be. The education at GGA is far beyond compare to the education anyone would expect from just a high school. As one of the school values say, Gashora Girls are destined to greatness. That's what the education I got, the education at GGA is built on, striving for greatness. Every after day, we were being taught to work not only hard but also smarter, and to never stop dreaming. All this is because the administration,the teaching stuff and the environment around were ready to give us hope, inspirations and opportunities to explore to the best of our abilities.

I was recently reading a novel titled the "Outliers"; The Story of Success" by one of the most famous canadian writers and a New York Times writer; Malcolm Gladwell.The author focuses on understanding successful people and how they achieve "success". In understanding successful people, the society has come to focus far too much on their intelligence and ambition and personality traits forgetting what surrounds them- their culture, their family,their generation, the opportunities, the culture of legacy and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.The book emphasizes the latter factors as the ingrendients for success by using the stories of different successful people in the world like the computer programmers; Bill Gates and Bill Joy and a successful Jewish lawyer, Joe Flom to mention but just a few. This book connected to me in many ways reflecting to my life at GGA.

An excerpt from that book; "Outliers are the people who have been given the opportunities and who have had that strength and presence of mind to seize them". This is exactly what we were taught at GGA,that it now became a culture and legacy. At GGA,We were given the opportunity to learn,practice, be inspired and inspire,and be able to not only recognize opportunities but also seize them, seize them firmly. Whenever I try to look four years back, I see a big difference in the person I was and the person I am now. The education, culture and experiences from GGA are the mother to the person I am; a McGill University MasterCard Foundation Scholar and the person I live long to be. Gashora Girls Academy has strengthened my ambitions, exposed me to different opportunities and I feel honored and grateful for what GGA has invested in me. Not only am I proud to be a Gashora Girl, I am equally proud to always be one. I stand willing, ready and proud of protecting the culture legacy that GGA has built.

I wish and pray nothing but, that more girls would have the likely experience and education that I got from GGA. It will be more inspiring to see more and more girls flourish as Gashora Girls and grow into inspiring "Outliers" of the future.

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