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Inspiring Story About A Homeless Girl That Gets Accepted into Ivy League College

Airren Kirk

Eboni Boykin was homeless. But she became the first in her family to graduate from high school, and earned acceptance to Columbia University. “Literally, every day I ask myself, ‘What am I doing here?’” she told MSNBC in an interview prior to her appearance Sunday in the annual Education Nation Student Town Hall. “It never really ceases to amaze me, where I am — it never really sinks in.”

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  • Jelena Woehr

    Reminds me of Chris Arnade's favorite quote, from Katherine Boo: "There's some way in which we would prefer not to see very clearly the immense gifts and intelligence of some of the people who live in our most abject conditions. Maybe there are some things at work in deciding who gets to be society's winners and who gets to be society's losers that don't have to do with merit."

  • Hillary Newman

    What an inspiring story! Pretty interesting that Eboni was inspired by The Gilmore Girls. We always hear how media is sending the wrong message to young people, especially girls. But in this case, a TV show sparked a positive goal. Now if we could get more TV shows and media coverage to send positive messages.

    • Liz Dwyer

      I thought that was super intriguing, too. I never watched The Gilmore Girls but maybe I should've!

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        I think what's most important about this story is that Eboni was resilient- and what that takes is a mindset, and support from others. Maybe the Gilmore Girls helped with that, but it wasn't the only thing. Friend groups and activities are what really probably helped her.

  • Liz Dwyer

    Super inspiring story--and I love that she is now in her sophomore year. She didn't just get to the Ivy League, she is persisting and succeeding in it! Go, Eboni!