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A Consumate (Future) Cornellian

The New York Sun is running an article on 2008 graduates of the CUNY system. One of the students is transferring to Cornell after earning his associates degree:

An aspiring neurosurgeon, Kojo Wallace has mastered the art of sleepless nights.

Raised in Ghana, Mr. Wallace, 22, worked the overnight shift as a security guard during much of his time at Bronx Community College, where he maintained a 4.0 average in liberal arts and is the class valedictorian. After his midnight to 8 a.m. shift, Mr. Wallace would stop briefly at home before heading to class. "There were definitely times when from Sunday to Tuesday I didn't have time to sleep," he said.

Mr. Wallace moved to New York in 2006 to live with his father, a taxi driver, who had arrived from West Africa nearly two decades earlier. His mother stayed behind. "The whole idea is to have a better chance of success here," he said.

Next, Mr. Wallace plans to attend Cornell University to pursue a bachelor's degree. From there, his goal is medical school and training in neurosurgery. "I've always known I wanted to study science," he said.

"Where I come from, doctors are more of a scarcity than a commodity," he said. "I think there's a real need."

A great story for anybody who questions why Cornell accepts transfer students or students from community colleges.

Matthew Nagowski | Posted on May 27, 2008 (#)

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