06/06/2012 01:08 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Senait Weldemariam First Person In Her Family To Go To College (VIDEO)

Eighteen-year-old Senait Weldemariam’s parents were unable to study past elementary school in Eritrea, Africa. In 1993 they immigrated to New York in hopes of providing Senait and her younger brother with a solid education and an opportunity to achieve their dreams. Now their daughter has become the first member of their family to attend college.

Watch her emotional reaction as she first reads her acceptance letter to Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

Correction:An earlier version of this story stated that Weldemariam is 19 years old.