LIFE AS A THIRD CULTURE KID
Kelati has revealed very little about her life in Eritrea, but what she has said all contributes to her current drive and work ethic.
In an interview with Citius Mag, she stated:
Coming to college was the easiest part of my life. If I went back home and was on that plane, I don’t know. I might have survived or not. I might be living in poverty and still suffering with my family.
She goes on to reveal that she lost her father in 2001, but the lessons he left behind made her want to build something greater than herself.
According to Kelati, her family struggled a lot when she was a child, and coming to the U.S. was like growing up in two different worlds. It’s hard to get into college where she’s from, and poverty runs rampant in Eritrea, with 66% living below the poverty line. Her wish would be to show her family a good life and get them away from the life they had.
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
In 2022, Kelati placed first in the Women’s 10,000m at the Sound Running Track Meet, broke the women’s record at the Manchester Road Race among others, is on Under Armour’s Run roster and recently became a U.S. citizen, making her eligible to represent the United States. Currently, she is still competing to make it to the Olympics.
Of course, with everything else going on in her life she eventually wants to give back to the community that got her to where she is today:
I want to help the people who live in poverty and young women and men struggling with their lives. I can’t wait to give back to the community. Everyone needs help. If I had no help from the people around me, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. We might not understand this because when you get something sometimes you forget what you have gone through. Small things give hope to the people who live in the dark. I want to inspire people and give back to young people who have big dreams. I want to support their dreams.