A ‘wonderful bridge’ from Africa to Yale

When Esther Soma was struggling with the essay portion of her Yale application, she knew where to turn for help.

A student at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) at the time, she sent her first draft to Chris Bradford ’00, the school’s co-founder and chief executive officer. Bradford urged her to rewrite the essay. He discussed the next draft with her line-by-line over the phone only hours before the application deadline. In the end, Soma completed her essay and was accepted into the Yale College Class of 2016.