Student Reflections

A Visit to Simmons University

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On October 31st, the Enroot female students made a trip to Simmons University located in the Boston area. Simmons University is a women-focused university. At the University, students were given a presentation about the requirements to apply to the university. Students were also guided about the financial aid at Simmons University. Students were told about the scholarships that Simmons has to offer. Finally, students were educated about the programs Simmons offers to those who are undergrad.

Something to take into consideration from the tour to Simmons University is the Kotzen Scholarship that Simmons offers to those who have a GPA of 3.49 and SAT scores of 1300 or above. The Kotzen Scholarship covers the cost for tuition, study abroad, and dorms. Students were informed that they can commute from home while being a student at the Simmons University.

Enroot always takes students to tour like this to different universities and colleges. It is really helpful for students who are seniors and also the ones who are juniors, sophomores, and freshmen because the tour can help students figure out which college is the best fit for them.

Cambridge Hosts First Seminar of the School Year

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On October 15th , the first Enroot seminar of the year started with all the excitement and joy. I saw happiness in people and Enroot staff to just be in the seminar. We met for the first time with students, friends and staff and talked about our summer, how we’ve been. We had seminar for the whole week. On the first day, we introduced each other and welcomed the new Georgia which is Katie. Katie makes sure mentees meet their mentor and same for tutoring.  

We played games like Would You Rather, The Great Wind Blows and the blanket game, which was a great activity for us to learn each other’s names. We also got in groups of 4 and made posters about our culture. We divided a poster into 4 and we shared our culture. Anything which represents our culture, we drew that on the poster. One of the fun activities was mirror drawing. It was an excellent way to enhance your writing and listening skills.

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We are in the Leadership Program, which also gives us an internship along with tutoring, mentoring and weekly seminar. We talked about internships, how to dress professionally and how to go for an interview. The Cambridge Program Director Sandra Canas and staff member Debbie acted out being a bad and good intern. We also took an survey about how are we doing in this program. I am glad Enroot started again, I know I am gonna enjoy a lot and I look forward to it.


Enroot Somerville Meets the Mayor

By: Oumaima, Enroot Student

My name is Oumaima. I’m in 11 grade. I’m from Morocco. For Enroot we have 3 parts, Seminar, mentor and tutor, But I like the seminar because we visit a lot of places like last Thursday, we went to the City Hall to visit mayor, it was very good because I have never seen the Mayor of my country. I learn a lot of things from Enroot with my tutor, my mentor and seminar. In seminar we play games, we talk about colleges. For my tutor, she helped me with my homework. For seminar. We hang out together sometimes. Something that I like to learn more is practice more English and get my grades up. I like this program because they helped me a lot.

 

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Afiya's Story

I’ve learned English, I’ve learned how to make new friends, I’ve learned that no matter how hard something is do not give up until you achieve it.
— Afiya, Enroot Cambridge
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I’m a 16 year old, I am a junior in high school and I want to major in Pre-med after high school. After 4 years of college, I want to work in a hospital as a registered nurse  and go to school to get my Bachelor's degree and then to medical school to become a doctor. I moved to United States 4 and half years ago with my dad, mom and my brother. My first day of school in united states was confusing because even though I learned English in India, I was not very good at it. I wanted to make new friends but all I was thinking on my way there was how am I going to talk to others? I was scared that I didn’t know anyone at the school but I was also excited that I was going to a new school. I was an ESL [English as a Second Language] student for 3 years, over those 3 years I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned English, I’ve learned how to make new friends, I’ve learned that no matter how hard something is do not give up until you achieve it. In those 3 years I was accepted into City Links Program, now Enroot. I took the opportunity to be in the program. Then I joined Enroot again my junior year and I have an internship in Enroot, I work with amazing staff. I am grateful to be a student. I was switched to a mainstreamed English class my sophomore year where I was scared at first, I was in a class full of people who spoke English fluently. Everything that I learned in ESL class made it so much easier for me to understand things in the mainstreamed English class. Now I am in 11th grade, can speak English well, and I am more confident in myself.

Spotlight on Somerville: Student Internships

 Enroot Somerville students meeting with their mentors.

Enroot Somerville students meeting with their mentors.

My name is Sarah. I am in the 11th grade, I am from Brazil. I had an interview at Somerville Community Schools Program organization, with Jennie. Before the interview I felt nervous and anxious, but in the middle the conversation I got more comfortable, and the interview went well. In the room had more for students with me and 2 supervisors, we answer the questions together and I felt more easy, and another reason for my feeling comfortable was we practiced the questions in the Enroot program before the interview. They asked me what I want to improve and my answer was I want to improve and learn more about work with children, do some different activities, meet more different people, because my experience was with my relatives, like my cousins, siblings, and I want to improve my English.


We had a great experience with our intern and we’re happy we were able to provide a learning environment for an Enroot student and look forward to the possibility of hosting in the future!
— Former Internship Supervisor

 

I am in 9th grade at Somerville High School, and I am from Brazil. I go to Somerville City Hall for my internship after school. I create tables on Excel, and enter required data. I organize files and folders in the office. I also highlight required data that I am asked for. I learned how to access and work with excel. I have learned how to keep myself organized. I interact with people at work, and I feel confident to talk to new people now. I would like to learn what is the data they give me to work with. Thanks Enroot for the opportunity to intern at City Hall.


Nice program, I would say it helps the supervisor as much as the intern.
— Former Internship Supervisor

Thank you to our internship partners! 

Returning Partners
City of Somerville - Council on Aging
City of Somerville - SomerViva
City of Somerville - Treasurer/Collector
Mystic Learning Center (MLC) 
Somerville Media Center (SCATV)

New Partners
City of Somerville - City Clerk
City of Somerville - Planning and Zoning
City of Somerville - Shape Up Somerville
Somerville Community Schools
Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (SFLC) Playgroups
Kennedy Pool
Little Sisters of the Poor
Parenting Journey
YMCA
Parkour Generations
 

 

Student Reflection: Mentoring in Somerville

My name is Manuel, I am a freshman in Somerville High School.  I originated from the Dominican Republic, a country southeast of Florida. My Mentor and I work on assignments, play games and go out to restaurants. We went to Redbones Barbecue in Davis Sq. The Food and design of the restaurant was Southern American style. We ordered Beignets, long and skinny french fries, and pork sandwich. The food was marvelous and the service too!!!!!

I like it went my mentor helps me with my daily assignments but enjoy it more when we do fun stuff that does not include HOMEWORK. It was great to spend time with my mentor in a different way. We got to know each other as friends instead of student and mentor and we had a fun time together.

I never had this kind of food before. Beignets - are fried dough with powdered sugar and  they were FANTASTIC.

I want to learn about the food, culture and were they first originated. I like to learn more about Beignets and other food like Indian, Chinese, Russian, British, French, and  Italian.

It’s good to spent time with someone else that you are having a relationship.

Somerville Student Writes about her Mentor and Tutor

Hi, my name is Kela, and I’m in 11th grade at Somerville High School. I’m originally from Port-au-Prince in Haiti.

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For my 18th birthday in February, my mentor Afton and my tutor Caitlin celebrated with me and a friend by going out to eat together. We went to Redbones in Davis Square and had a lot of fun. Afton chose the place to eat because I didn’t know where to go, but I really liked the BBQ sandwich. It was the best birthday ever! When I go out with them, we have a lot of fun together.

I like my mentor and tutor because they are awesome and really help when I don’t know what to do. Afton has really helped me write my resume to help apply for jobs and college. When I was struggling with my science fair project and I didn’t know what to write about or where to start, Caitlin gave me a brilliant idea what to write about, and she helped me write the project. Enroot is really a great program because I’m able to have a tutor, and talk to someone about college.

Thank you.

Reflections on the Women's Conference

December 8th 2016 was a special day for me. I got a chance to join the Women's Conference in Boston on that day.There were seven students in total from Enroot,including me. There were about 10,000 women who joined the conference. It was a huge program to increase awareness of rights and woman power among women. I’m glad that I was a part of that program and learned a lot. There were many women such as Annie Clark, Renee Connolly etc. who are successful in their life, talked on stage about their experiences and struggles. They taught me a lot by sharing their speech. I am going to list some ideas that I learned from the conference.

●    Failure brings your gift
●    You don't ask, you don't get
●    Study, forgive, and understand your parents
●    The way to grow your power to give it away
●    A song is not a song until you sing it, A bell is not a bell until you ring it

There were two parts of the conference. In the 1st part successful women shared their experiences and in the 2nd part we joined in a different session and got to know about “ I Am That Girl ” (a community support for 14-22 years old girl). In the end, I’m grateful for having that opportunity to learn lessons of life.

- Samprity, 12th grade Cambridge Enroot Student


Life can teach you a valuable lesson from your mistakes

It was a helpful experience I had at the women’s conference. I learned a lot. I learned about woman power. Power is always and everything. I learned that as a women you need your own power which is actually shows who you are person in this world and society. Don’t worry about making mistakes and taking risk. “Life can teach you a valuable lesson from your mistakes.” These words inspire me so much to do anything I want to do without being scared. I also learned self care is so important. You must stand for yourself and speak out. Be educated and free from sexual violence. These are amazing thing to learn in life, and I got an opportunity to attend women’s conference and learned valuable lessons. We can’t go forward without taking some lessons from the past. I will always keep this experience in my mind.  

- Sana, 12th grade Cambridge Enroot Student


Cambridge Career Panel

By: Spica, 11th Grade Enroot Cambridge Student

In the career panel, we met some amazing people. They work in their own field, have different careers, different backgrounds and different perspective of life. But they all have the same kind of passion for life and their careers. We learned a lot not only from their speech about their experiences as professionals, but also from the life story they provide for us.

Aman Advani used to study engineer major when he was in college. At that time, what he knew about himself is all about engineering. He worked so hard everyday, got his degree and went to work right away. That was a hard time, he had to get on a plane every Monday and visit different places in the world. Although he never get enough sleep, he actually enjoy his time. However, after years, he started thinking, is this really what I want to do for the rest of my life? That is when he took a step back, went back to school again. He went to MIT to the school of management and learned new stuff. In there, he met a friend and they started business with him together. They built a company together in a tiny room. For Mr. Aman, he really wants to make something that makes people more positive. So he and his friends try to makes these new clothes easy to move around. 

If you only judge people by color, or the community they come from, that is not fair for them at all. You should listen to their story, understand who they really are instead of giving them a “tag” when you first saw them.


The first impressions of Mr. Gustavo Lopez is very obvious. I mean, he looks very serious, also, cool. He stood up and started his speech. He wanted to become a police officer when he was in middle school. So after he graduated from high school, he started his police dream. He also went to college and studied Criminal justice. However, after I chatted with him, I find out he has something special not only just as a police officer. When he took off his police jacket, he is normal person like us. You might see him in Starbucks, the train station or some other place. So we should feel free to talk with them. I asked him about the the police shooting people in the street, he had his own perspective .Although they are all police, they are not the same people. You can not just judge people based on their outfit. For example, if a police man shoots people by no reason, is that means other police will also shoot people? NO. They do wear the same uniform, but it doesn’t mean they are all the same. I actually think about the same way. People nowadays look at problem only on one side. If there is one bad person, does that means all the people in his community are bad? You can’t say everyone is bad and we should kill all of them. Bad people always exist in our life, however, most of the people are good people. If you only judge people by color, or the community they come from, that is not fair for them at all. You should listen to their story, understand who they really are instead of giving them a “tag” when you first saw them.

Denys E.Alvarez's career is support engineer in at Analysis Group. I have never heard support engineer before in my life. After I talked with him, I find out that it is a career that has to work in the back. So what he usually do is when there is a problem happening in the company, he will go and investigate how this problem occur and try to fix it.  When he was small, he was really into computers. But at the same time, he also loved to talk with people and solved problem for them. So he kind of combined his two hobbies together. That is the other thing we can think when we chose career in the future. If you have two things that you really wants to do, try to find a way that you can chose both.

Never give up what you think you want to do and what you think you can do. Even if people judge you, it is still your life. You are going to live for yourself, not for other people.
— Pamela Rosario Perez

Pamela Rosario Perez grew up in a small town in the Dominican Republic that didn’t have electricity. However, she didn’t want to follow the steps of her family. Because in some countries, people don’t think letting women to work is right. They think women should stay at home and take care of kids. As she said, that is not right, a woman is also a person, they should have equal rights as men. Women should have opportunities for education and chase their dream. Pamela wanted to go to a college. But her counselors and teachers in high school didn’t think she could go to college. She felt upset and frustrated at first. You know, that is the worst feeling that when you think you can achieve something, others don’t believe in you. In addition, instead of saying something positive and encourage you, they  chose to “pull you back.” After a while, she didn’t give up her dream. She set up a plan to make her counselor agree for her to take AP classes. At the end, she really proved herself and she went to Harvard with a full ride scholarship. She said, “Back then, I can still remember that day how my counselor’s face looked. That is such a different experience in my life.” When we asked her how she got into Harvard even there was no one think that is possible, she smiled and her voice is full of confidence. “Never give up what you think you want to do and what you think you can do. Even if people judge you, it is still your life. You are going to live for yourself, not for other people.”
All in all, I learned a lot in this career panel. It provides me such a good opportunity to know these different career in our life. Because of these people, our life become more ordered. To end up with, let’s go back to the idea of career.  A career is different than a job, it is the thing you really want to do in life. Even if sometimes you are tired, you can still keep the passion. For the future, choose something you really want to do. Never give up what you think you want to do and what you think you can do. “Even if people judge you, it is still your life. You are going to live for yourself, not for other people."