My name is Tenzin Yonten and before I talk about myself I would like to talk about my inspiration and role model-- my dad. My father is the son of Tibetan refugees. My grand mom was illiterate and my granddad died when my dad was 13 years old. He took care of his 2 younger sisters and mother after his dad's death by working in the fields the whole day and then studying during early mornings and late night. After much hard work he reached the top Traditional Tibetan medicinal college and after studying and working hard for four years my dad graduated and became a Doctor of Traditional Tibetan Medicine.
My father and mother met when he was in college and they raised me and my brother in a one bedroom apartment with just one toilet and one kitchen and a tiny living room. I remember we did not have much furniture and it felt very spacious for me during my youth. My father taught me the value of kindness, and my mother the value of humilty. Thus, my family was a small but happy one and I cherish greatly my humble childhood.
Watching my father I have seen that even after all this difficulties my dad is now a successful man who lives with his head held high. He is my inspiration to work hard and be a better person. Like him, I have worked very hard to get here to America to work.
I was accepted into The MacDuffie School last year and I just completed by first year of schooling in America. I made many friends in school and from many different countries like Brazil, China, Turkey and Ukraine. I have had great fun being part of the community in my school. I have excelled fairly well in academics-- earning academic honors last year. But my best memories of schools come from all the extra-curricular activities I participate in.
My main activity a club I co-founded known as MTB-MacDuffie Thinks Big which was a "think big, do small" club. We took part in the competition known as China Thinks Big. We developed a project on water resource management and we managed to pass the national selection in China and reach the Global Finals for which we were rewarded with a second place.
My goals and aspirations for the future are to study hard and have fun. After graduating from school I want to go to college and get a double degree of Finance and History because I love both of them. I may also consider psychology or philosophy as a minor. When I graduate college, I am planning to go into business which will permit me to earn enough money so that I can live a modest life which would be a little better than my conditions now, and to help keep my family fulfilled. This is my dream for my future and I would love if you could help me make it true.
From Tenzin's friends:
On Tenzin's own volition, he took the TOEFL exam to qualify for American high schools when he was a freshman in high school in Bangalore. His score was so remarkable that last year he was offered a full scholarship to the MacDuffie School, an elite Massachusetts secondary boarding school. The challenge is that scholarship covers tuition and not fees, and this year those fees have risen to $7,626—more than his family’s entire income.
We're asking for your help in raising this sum to ensure that Tenzin can continue his education. The college counselor has recommended Tenzin apply to schools such as Princeton, Dartmouth and Columbia. With your support, we can make a tremendous difference in this unique young man’s life. Thank you in advance for your support!
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