We were once asked, “Who is the greatest college applicant ever?” We didn’t have to think for more than a few seconds; the answer came to mind quite easily. William Kamkwamba. So just who is William Kamkwamba? William, a native of Malawi, is the young man who harnessed the wind by constructing a windmill made up of spare bicycle parts and anything he could find to power his village and better the lives of his people. His story was chronicled in his #1 “New York Times” bestselling book co-authored with Bryan Mealer entitled “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope.”
Imagine sifting through applications of three-sport athletes who participate in Key Club and Mock Trial only to come across the golden application of William Kamkwamba. So which lucky American university landed this oh so special applicant? That would be Dartmouth College. William graduated from Dartmouth back in 2014. In 2013, he was named by “TIME” to its list of “30 People Under 30 Changing the World.” He’s given TED Talks. He’s built solar paneled water pumps to supply drinking water to his village and others. He is a true agent of change. Heck, he was an agent of change before he even applied to college.
And on March 1st, Netflix will unveil the long-awaited film adaptation of the bestselling book. “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” film adaptation is written by, directed by, and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. Do check it out this weekend. You’ll be glad you did.
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