First Generation HS Student, Graduates with Honors

photo3My name is Hamadi Mwechiwa and I am the first member of my family to graduate from high school. I received my high school diploma from McGavock High School this past May of 2013. I was born and raised in Kenya with my family. I grew up uneducated and had no access to education when I was younger.  Because of the difficulty we were facing, my family came to the United States as refugees in 2004.

One of my favorite childhood memories was to always think about accomplishing something great and to benefit from any given opportunity. Growing up, I had a strong determination and a passion to learn and succeed.  I convinced myself to have ambition through every difficult task, believing that anything was possible.

One of my proudest accomplishments as a first generation high school student was to graduate with a diploma of distinction.  In order to do this I needed to obtain a nationally recognized professional certification.  So I began my journey in obtaining an industry certificate.

I dedicated most of my after school time to fulfilling this task. My goal was to become a Microsoft Office Specialist, or MOS. I couldn’t have done it without my Computer Apps and Business Management teacher Mrs. Brown, who played an important role in my achievement.  She gave me the motivation necessary in fulfilling my goal, which approximately took me 3 months.

I purchased the exam voucher for $90 and was set to take the test. I took the exam, which was knowledge based, and came out victorious with a score of 997/1000.

This certificate opened doors for me. Not only in fulfilling the requirements to graduate with a diploma of distinction, but also because I learned the Microsoft skills companies are looking for.  The Sam2010 program (the program through which I trained for the test) not only taught me skills, but also gave me valuable experience and confidence, which will hopefully heighten my earning potential in the future. I have told my cousins about it and they worked on it this past summer and are hoping to have the same success.