Overcoming Hardships: High School Senior Goes From Homeless Shelter To Ivy League School


Eboni Boykin, 17-year-old senior at Normandy High School in St. Louis, is not your average teenager. She has spent most of her childhood moving from shelter to shelter with her mother in the St. Louis area as well as having attended over 14 different schools in the last few years.

Although her and her mom had fallen on hard times, that didn't stop Eboni from pursuing her dream of attending an Ivy League School. Despite their financial hardships, Eboni was is very active in school. She is the editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, a varsity cheerleader and is also a member of the student council at her school. All while maintaining a 3.8 GPA which is what help landed her a full scholarship to Columbia University in New York City.

While taking a break from editing the school newspaper, Eboni learned that she had been accepted to Columbia University after logging onto their website and on a full scholarship. This was one of the most proudest moments in her life as she cried tears of joy because her dreams of becoming a journalist would come true. She didn't let her current situation determine her future.

“Getting into Columbia definitely teaches me that just keeping the faith and not giving up it pays off,”Boykin told local television station 5 KSDK. “And it just teaches me if you hang in there you can have anything you want if you are willing to work hard for it.”

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After reading this story it really opened my eyes on a lot of things in my own life. As children, we have really big dreams and then eventually allow them to fade because things don't work in our favor or other circumstances cause us to stray away from our dreams. When I first read this story on News One, I was almost in tears because there are so many young people out there that don't even try to do anything and they have been allotted way more opportunities than this young lady Eboni. Not only was she having to deal with going to school and trying to keep up her grades, but she did all this while not even having a steady place to live. We take so much for granted not realizing just how fortunate some of us really are. This story is truly an inspiration and has put a lot of things into perspective even for me. If you believe, are determined enough and have the faith, you can do anything in life you put your mind to. 

Eboni Boykin is definitely a future BOSS.



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