Fourteen year old Astrid is a week away from completing her first year boarding at Fay School in Southborough, MA. It was one year ago when the opportunity to attend this prestigious school lay in peril because Astrid’s student visa was being denied. Thankfully, with great support from many, including local politicians, Astrid’s application was approved.
It absolutely amazes me how adaptable Astrid has been transitioning from living at home in Honduras to sharing a dorm room with roommates from China and Japan. She has embraced the opportunity of befriending people from many countries, and she is loved by her peers. Although most of her classmates come from very wealthy families, Astrid remains very proud of her family and their modest means.
Astrid is not only ambitious about her education, she is very philosophical about her future. Recently she explained the career choices she aspired to not only determined by her interests but for the ability to positively impact her family. Sincerely she stated, “we can’t be dependent on others “to survive in the impoverished country, we have to want to work our way out.
Not only has Astrid thrived in her new academic environment and acclimated back and forth between the first and third worlds, she has courageously faced her medical needs. In March Astrid had extensive reconstructive surgery on her left foot and was in a cast for 12 weeks. Learning to navigate campus and having to rely on others for help was a challenge for her.
Astrid is truly one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. As William Shakespeare stated, “though she be but little, she is fierce.”