Pure brilliance isn’t enough for a bright future.
Perseverance, moral support, a strict regimen and the sheer desire to achieve are necessary too. With a strong family background as his foundation, Kenneth Adusei, a former at-risk student now choosing between Harvard, MIT and Yale, has built an extraordinary platform of educational achievement.
“When we came from Ghana, I was sent back to Ghana to live with my father for two years and when I returned [to Worcester, at age 5], I started school and struggled to adjust. I remember the morning I received my first report card and I gave it to my mom but she wouldn’t take it,” laughed Adusei, a senior at South High Community School.
“She said that the grades were unacceptable. The next day after school, she placed a chapter book in front of me and made me read it from beginning to end. At a very young age, I was taught to read chapter books and write summaries. It helped me a lot. It helped me adjust in school when I needed it most and I continued the reading through middle school. My mother didn’t gradually ease me into it.
“She has always told me that I can do it, and I am glad she did.”
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