If you stop and take a look around at the kids today and what they are doing, they will amaze and astound you. You have the Meta-Four kids, who are creating change through the spoken word. There is Sara Portugal, who is a force to be reckoned with and is a lesson in how compassion is action. Zoe Hess is showing us that Angels are Everywhere with her amazing book that she has published. Lauren Perillo is a rising star and just a senior in High School. And, now we have Nsidie Udoh, who is not only part of a Posse, but has a full ride to Bryn Mawr because of her leadership skills, her attitude and because she is #JustVibing.
We met Nsidie on a rainy day in a Starbucks, but as soon as we sat down with her and she smiled, it was as if the sun had come out and rainbows were everywhere. She radiates with good energy and confidence. This is a girl who knows who she is and where she is going. She recently graduated from KIPP High School, where she was in the top 10% of her class, but in today’s world of getting into the college you want to go to, that doesn’t always mean you are going to get in. You need to be more than just a good student with excellent SAT scores, and Nsidie is the whole package.
Nsidie comes from a single parent household and her mother made it very clear to her that she needed scholarship money for college because financially it would be tough to swing a college tuition. Although Nsidie wanted to go to Georgetown as her first choice, she knew she was going to go wherever she received the most financial aid.
When we tell you that Nsidie Udoh is accomplished, that might be an understatement. She started the cheerleading program at KIPP. She not only had to raise the funds for team, which means uniforms and any other essentials that were needed, she also had to act as not only the head cheerleader, but also as the class adviser, since there wasn’t a teacher available.
She was part of the Ignite Women in Politics group at KIPP, and although she admitted with a laugh that she initially joined the group because it offered free snacks, she quickly realized that it was an exciting platform for sharing news and ideas. Through this group, she went to Washington DC. She also spent a summer at Georgetown University to participate in the Young Women’s Leadership Seminar.
Nsidie was part of the Big Brother Big Sister program at KIPP, where she mentored an elementary aged child at the school, she was in the National Honor Society, was on the Student Government and she was an assistant in the Sunday School class at her Church. And, she was nominated by her school administration to become a part of Posse, which would enable her to get a full scholarship to an outstanding four year college.
Why Nsidie is #JustVibing
When Nsidie found out she was nominated for Posse, she didn’t think she was going to get it. Posse is an organization that is nomination based and runs throughout the public school system. Posse teams up with top colleges across the country that offer Posse kids full scholarships based on different types of skills and diversity that each student can bring to the schools and there are 10 kids per Posse.
Nsidie made it through the first round of interviews, where she was observed with about 100 different students. She was put into a group and they had to do different types of leadership activities. During the second interview, Nsidie had face to face interviews with those that run Posse and when she was asked what her top schools were, she chose Georgetown, University of Texas and Texas A & M. Her thought process was that Texas and A & M were her fall back schools and close to home. After this interview, the Posse interviewers asked her if she had considered Bryn Mawr and suggested she go and do some research on the school.
When she researched Bryn Mawr, she was sold and moved that to her first choice, Georgetown as her second and Texas as her third. The final interview was with the admissions officer from the school that Posse thinks you will fit with best and you share in groups about yourself and answer questions. Nsidie was thrilled when she was asked to be part of the Bryn Mawr Posse. Her full scholarship includes everything but room and board and Posse is a commitment that Nsidie gladly accepted during her Senior year of High School.
When we asked Nsidie to give some words of wisdom to kids that are still in school, this is what she had to say:
Everyone might not be your cup of tea, but it is about finding something good about everyone and tolerating everyone.
You are exactly where you are supposed to be and everything happens for a reason. Don’t stress about everything and it will work out the way it is supposed to work out. You are where you are intended to be.
Nsidie Udoh hopes to take these next four years and turn them into a career that involves public speaking or business. We know that no matter what Nsidie Udoh decides to do, she will always be #JustVibing and super successful.