"It’s easy to chalk these numbers up to the myth that immigrants work harder than native blacks, but studies say that’s wrong. According to the aforementioned sociological research from 2009, immigrant students don’t value education more than native blacks or perform significantly better academically. Rather, they have the financial resources required to get a leg-up into the highest echelons of academia"
I must say that I disagree with the conclusions of this sociological study. I think it is unfair to make such a generalized conclusion about all immigrant students. I am an African immigrant student and I value education very much because of my background. I know the worth of education and am working hard to succeed in school. I know some Africans are affluent, and I have even heard people trying to categorize me among the affluent Africans. However, that is not the case for me. My family is not rich, and financial resources are not easily accessible for me. i only have a very hardworking mother, who is a widow raising 3 children on her own, helped us get through a good high school and is helping us get through college with as much help as she can render (she WORKS HER BUTT OFF and gives everything to our education). In fact I think native blacks have more access to financial resources (like scholarships and financial aid) more than I do, and that is why i was shocked when I first came to the US about how "unseriously" people treated their academic work.
So as an African immigrant student, I have the same will to succeed as native blacks, and I am making the BEST use of the opportunity I have.