Published on August 10th, 2017 | by editor0
Wright College STAR Scholar going to Cornell
Elijah Ruiz, STAR Scholar class of 2015, is a first generation student from a single parent home in Humboldt Park. He earned his Associate in Arts degree from Wright with high honors. This fall he will be transferring to Cornell University with a full scholarship. His journey, from Whitney to Wright to Cornell, is remarkable. See Elijah’s story below.
When I started attending Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, I had a lack of direction and focus. In both my freshman and sophomore years, I focused mainly on my social life and extracurricular activities to the detriment of my GPA. When I finally shifted my focus to academics my junior and senior year, applying for college was right around the corner. Although I had raised my GPA by the beginning of my senior year, I still wasn’t entirely sure on where, or what, I wanted to study.
Ultimately, I decided to enroll in Wright College after graduation. I was awarded the Chicago STAR Scholarship. The scholarship covered full tuition and books. I figured that I could use the following two years to work on my academics and research transfer institutions that would best support me academically, financially, and socially. Although at first the transition was tough, as many of my friends left the city to continue their academic careers elsewhere, I decided to push through. At Wright, I utilized all of the resources I could, especially the tutoring services, professor office hours, and the advising department.
By utilizing professor office hours and tutoring services, I built up an impressive academic record and discovered that I had a passion for sociology. By working with my assigned STAR advisor, I finalized the list of schools I wished to attend and enrolled in classes that would best help me transfer to those institutions. By the end of my second year at Wright, I received an email congratulating me on my admission to Cornell University. This fall I’ll be transferring to Cornell with a full scholarship. I am eternally grateful for attending Wright College as it introduced me to a supportive network of friends, professors, and advisors who helped me achieve my goal of studying sociology at my dream school.