Senior Spotlight – Ella Njunge


Ariel Smith, Reporter

Imagine having to move to the United States from a different country at a young age without knowing what to do or what to expect – this is what senior Ella Njunge had to do.  Ella moved to the United States at the age of eight from Cameroon, Africa because her mom had won the lottery. She stated that living in Africa wasn’t that easy. Not only did she walk 20 minutes to get fresh water every day, but she also walked around barefoot most of the time. She claims, “I don’t really remember. It was dusty and there were a lot of snakes.”

Moving from Africa was a difficult transition for Ella.  She had to learn English and didn’t really fit in with the students at school so she latched onto music. Ella started getting really into K-pop “Korean Pop” right after moving here. “K-pop music helped me get through the rough times.” Ella’s favorite band is BTS which is a Korean band. Ella plans to move to South Korea after graduating and hopes to pursue a career in Psychology. She wants to move to Korea because she loves the culture and it reminds her of Africa without having to be there. At the end of the day Ella just wants to help people in any way she can.