Seema’s Journey From a Jharkhand Village to a Harvard Scholarship

Mendra Dorjey Sahni
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(Edited by Rahul Sanpui)

It was 2012 and a young Seema Kumari was out walking in her village with her uncle, cutting grass for cows, when she saw a group of girls laughing, running around and playing football. Doing things young girls her age should be doing.

The very next day, she asked her cousin to help her join the YUWA academy and 11 years later, with the help of that very academy, Seema is set to become the first member of her family to go to college.

She’s been accepted by Harvard University, on a full scholarship.

The Quint spoke to Seema from her home in Dahu, a small village about an hour away from Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi, as she took us through her early struggles for an education, the realisation of bigger dreams and the culmination of almost a decade of hard work that is now her Harvard acceptance letter.

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