Minds Matter Chicago Alumna
Zarai may be the youngest of six children, but she’s the first of her siblings to attend college. After graduating from Minds Matter Chicago in May, Zarai received a full scholarship to attend Middlebury College. Zarai credits Minds Matter with helping her become a trailblazer in her family.
“Minds Matter opened doors, and my mentors were always there as I walked through them into new territory,” Zarai explained. “This program changed my life.” During her time at Minds Matter, Zarai also attended college-immersion summer programs at Skidmore College and in Japan – at no cost to her family.
Minds Matter helped Zarai improve her standardized test scores, overcome her fear of public speaking, and make friends from across the world with whom she still keeps in touch.
“Minds Matter is more than just a program that helps you raise your ACT or SAT score,” she said. “The program creates a loving, safe, and motivated community – one I looked forward to visiting every Saturday during the school year to share my successes.”