ETS Student Pursues the American Dream

CenterPoint Newsletter | Summer 2017 | by Hellen Quan-Lopez, ETS Academic Counselor


Eugen Cotei has relentlessly pursued the American dream since he moved from Romania to the United States of America at the age of nine. During his senior year of high school, he applied to over twenty-seven higher education institutions and was accepted into many; however, after visiting several large prestigious campuses, he decided on a small private school in Maine, Bowdoin College. On June 9, 2017, he graduated from Rancho High School with a 4.0 GPA and with the distinct honor of being a valedictorian.

Eugen will begin pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Coastal Ecology and Latin Languages in the fall of 2017. He will be receiving $70,000 per year in scholarships from Bowdin College, the Public Education Foundation, Burger King, and the Harrah’s Las Vegas. Looking back, Eugen wishes he had not stressed out about not being able to afford college as a first-generation college student. Eugen’s advice to other TRIO participants is to start planning for college early.

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