Class of 2012,
Wakefield Senior High School
Arlington County Public Schools
Muktaru Jalloh is a graduating senior from Wakefield High School in Arlington County. With a dream to become a high school English teacher, he will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University in the Fall. Looking back, Muktaru reflects on how his experience in EIP has taught him to be more focused and prepared for college. Last May, after fracturing his spine in a sports accident, his doctor advised against continuing his sports activities and advised him to forgo the 2011 EIP Summer Academy.
Muktaru accepted his doctor’s warning against playing sports, but when faced with the decision of not attending the Summer Academy, he could not envision a summer without EIP, his decision was clear. Muktaru attended his last Summer Academy, though he was forced to wear a back brace, he states, “I learned to adapt because I still wanted to be able to participate the way I wanted to…” In the end, it seems his decision paid off! Muktaru motivates other EIP Students by affirming that…
“EIP is an opportunity, [so] take ownership of your education!”