Smith came to the US from war-torn Liberia as a refugee at age 13. She struggled with a troubled home life and ended up pregnant. During her time at EHS she lived in a group home for teen mothers and juggled her toddler son and night school, always dreaming she could get into college.
Smith, who gave birth to her son more than two years ago, ate ice cream with Sam during the college retreat at left.
(Wiqan Ang/Globe Photo)