Chance Kinyange Boas ’14: A door to a better life
Chance Boas grew up in Tanzania, home to Mt. Kilimanjaro and Serengeti National Park. He received his primary and secondary education in Burundian refugee camps, where his family lived after escaping civil wars. Boas had no worldly possessions, did not speak, read, or write English, and had zero prospects for a college education. What he did have, however, was drive and determination.
Five years ago, Boas moved to Providence, RI, with a few family members and was received by the International Institute of Rhode Island. It was there that he met Aaron Regunberg, a volunteer, whom Boas regards as a friend, mentor, and inspiration. “Aaron taught me to read and write in English and helped me adjust to a new country,” says Boas. “I would not be who I am today without him.”
"The education I received at Bryant will always be a cornerstone of my success."
After graduating from Community College of Rhode Island, Boas transferred to Bryant as an Accounting major. A commuter student, he bonded with the staff and students he met in the University’s Intercultural Center. He developed leadership skills as secretary of the Accounting Association, and he interned at Cullen and Murphy and Co. and with the State of Rhode Island Purchasing Department.
As he interviews for accounting positions, Boas is interning at Summer Infant Inc., and is a community organizer for Regunberg, who is running for state representative. He also plans to take the GMAT this fall so that he can enroll in graduate school in the spring – hopefully at Bryant, he says.
“I am young, ambitious, and self-motivated, and I believe the sky’s the limit,” says Boas, who is fluent in English, French, Swahili, and Kirundi. “The education I received at Bryant will always be a cornerstone of my success. I was inspired by everyone I met – from professors to the staff who took care of the beautiful campus.
“Transferring to Bryant was the most important decision I ever made.”