The goal of L.A. Unified is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to graduate prepared for college, career and life. As we near the end of the school year, we are featuring stories about some of the outstanding members of the Class of 2017.

By Justin Frank
Social Media Assistant
Local District West

If there was ever any doubt that Asia Abdur-Rahim’s would fulfill her dream of attending a university, just consider that the club founded by the Crenshaw High School senior is called College Ready.

And that’s her mindset now, as she prepares to graduate with a 4.19 grade-point average and attend the University of California at Berkeley in the fall.

“There are so many distractions. People will try and get in your head and take you away from the bigger purpose of getting an education and getting into college,” Abdur-Rahim said. “You might like someone a lot or have things you really enjoy, but you might need to cut them out if they are being a distraction.”

Abdur-Rahim has done her part to prepare for college. She is president of Crenshaw’s Senior Cabinet, a member of its Community Coalition, and is a manager on the girls basketball team.

With varied interests, she is entering Berkeley with an undeclared major.

“Right now, I’m leaning toward the medical field because there are tons of jobs and, of course, I can help people,” she said. “But I love to write, too, so maybe English or journalism. Journalism is as important as ever.”

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Asia Abdur-Rahim, left, celebrates her acceptance to UC Berkeley during a recent event at Crenshaw High.

Crenshaw college counselor Julia Pelikhova admires Abdur-Rahim’s passion.

“She is constantly looking for opportunities to get involved in academic and leadership organizations at school and in the community,” Pelikhova said. “She is mature, responsible, and always offers to help others.”

Abdur-Rahim, who earned a scholarship that will cover her tuition, credits a lot of her success  to the supportive environment at Crenshaw, where her mother, Allison Walker, is the librarian.

“My mom is always looking out for me. She was a little worried I would be bullied when I first enrolled because she used to a dean, but everyone embraced me,” she said. “For a little bit, I was Ms. Walker’s daughter, but I was able to make my own name.”

Abdur-Rahim singles out time management as being her biggest challenge in getting into college. She first took a deep look at how she was spending her time when she transitioned from middle to high school.

“I thought to myself, ‘This is serious now. It counts. It’s going on your transcript,’” she said. “I had to set my priorities to less socializing, less Netflix and more doing work. It’s tiring at times, but you need to tell yourself, ‘I can’t have this nap now. I need to push through.’’’

Once on campus at Berkeley, Abdur-Rahim looks forward to meeting and bonding with people who share her passions.

“I’m really excited to meeting like-minded people and figuring out how we can help people who aren’t like-minded and feel like they can’t go to college,” Asia said. “I’m really looking forward to that.”