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Clemantine says she embraces the challenges she faces at school. "Sometimes it's very hard to have three papers all due the same week where your brain just can't think any further," she says. "But weighing with the other challenges that I've had, it's nothing. I'm not thinking about what food I'm going to eat. I don't have to go fetch water."
When life gets difficult, Clemantine says her pencil case—the only thing she has left from Africa—puts things in perspective. "When I just feel like I can't go to one of those papers, I always look at this little pencil case and say, 'Clemantine, you really wanted to be in school, so shut up and do it,'" she says. "So this little pencil case always reminds me that I have to be quiet, be grateful and do my schoolwork. Think of how far it has come, and I have come a long way."
Clemantine isn't sure what she wants to do after she graduates, but she knows one thing for sure. "I am hoping that I will just work with people who really need help, either in Rwanda or all over in Africa all over in the world, for [people's] stories to be told or [to assist in their] need to be recognized as a human being."
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