Daniel Akili '22
Democratic Republic of Congo
Daniel is from a town in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a region threatened by several militias and devastated by volcanic eruptions in 2002. As the oldest child in his family, he grew up with many extra responsibilities, including helping his parents with their small business. Despite these challenges, he excelled in high school and was admitted to Bridge2Rwanda, a gap year program in Rwanda where he learned English, leadership, and was introduced to the college application process and Dartmouth.
Daniel is excited about the opportunity to grow as a global citizen, learn about the numerous issues that our societies face, and explore his potential contribution to addressing these problems. He plans to study Computer and Engineering sciences and use the skills he gains at Dartmouth to help improve his community when he returns.
For Daniel, being named a King Scholar is the greatest college opportunity imaginable: "It is a door to tremendous possibilities, and I believe it is one of the programs that will make this world a better place. I now feel empowered and ready to fulfill my dreams."