Week 3 of our dialogue-->now called DiaBlog!

Anne Dalke's picture


Thanks to all for all our rich discussion, so far (see, below, our discussions from week 1 and week 2, about the surprises of our first visit together, and the need to be "certified" in life). Let's try, this week, writing even more directly about our own experiences. What is something in your life right now that you are passionate about learning or doing -- in or out of school? (If you'd like, find something on Google Image that represents your area of passion, and include the URL to that picture in your post.) In this way we can get to know each other better and also begin to think about how our passions connect with our educations. Enjoy!


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Ma Riney's picture

Yesterday , when we visited

Yesterday , when we visited Bryn Mawr we learned that some of the things that we visited while we were walking around the campus the students hadn't yet seen. Bryn Mawr's campus is very pretty . it looked like something out of a Harry Porter Movie. The Capolisis was very pretty the students told us of weird traditions that the seniors there have.They asked what makes something beautiful. that question stayed on my mind for a long time and i have yet to find the answer to that question . "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"

Zanny's picture

I love that someone asked you

I love that someone asked you what you thought makes something beautiful. And now that question is staying with me too. What do you, or others, think "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" really means? Not just how do we say that in a way that we usually speak, but how do you see it playing out in your life? Do you think this sentiment (beauty is in the eye of the beholder") is something you practice on a daily basis? Do you see other people acting as if that were true? What is its opposite?

Martin L King Jr.'s picture

Personal goals that i would

Personal goals that i would like to do or learn in school is learn how to become a very dexterous Construction worker, and help fix up my neighborhoods and communities, so that we can have centers full of activities for the whole neighborhood to do. I'm going to make the centers very entertaining and engaging so that different age groups can come together and work as one, and enjoy time with the friend and families in their community. Also i would like to do this so that families homes can be energy efficient and still be low priced so that they are able to easily pay off rent and other utilities, and still take their family out for personal time. And last i would like the most cherished work buildings so that employees feel comfortable in their work environment.

http://bpconstructions.us/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/construction2.7760821.jpg

alesnick's picture

thanks

for this beautiful, inspiring vision!

Arthur Ashe's picture

I believe having a passion

I believe having a passion can keep you motivated, because when you have a passion you want to alway be involved with the passion that you have, you love your passion so much that you wouldn't want it to go away. Thats were the motivating part kicks in, because you motivate yourself to do whatever is necessary for you to fulfill your passion.

George Washington Carver's picture

I really like volleyball and

I really like volleyball and karate. There's nothing you can do to keep me away from other then death.

alesnick's picture

passionate about education and change

I am passionate about education and exploring with others what schools are and might be, and how learning happens all over our lives.

Right now I am at Parkway in a great discussion of the following quote, " The teacher teaches and the students are taught."  Exciting issues are emerging about whether 1) it's true because a student is always learning even if talking with a friend or mom or 2) it's not true because "learning" isn't the same as "being taught" -- by someone with the degree and the formal role.  If you're not paying attention to the teacher, are you learning? And, doesn't the student need to ask questions in order to learn?  What do you all think?

"Shotgun" Mary Fields's picture

You can here what is going on

You can here what is going on around you but can you know what there talking about. I believe you can listen to what your teacher teaches you but it does not mean you know what they a teaching about. Students need to ask questions to learn and they need to pay attention, you need to be an active listener. Or it will just be pointless to hear someone talking an not no what there talking about.

Chuck Berry 's picture

In my opinion, students don't

In my opinion, students don't learn everything they know from teachers.Students learn only the basic things in the subject from teachers.Also, students can learn without being taught, by using books and seeing it done.

Margo Schall's picture

learning what we don't expect

I like thinking about teaching and learning as a struggle to find and embrace all the learning that comes from each moment.
If I have a challenging interaction with my boss, what IS THERE to learn from it, what is learnable?
If I am sitting in a classroom that's boring, and I'm thinking class has nothing to do with my life (great example!), then what is learnable in that moment?
I find the more I'm open to the learning that's revealing itself in each moment, **even if it's so way not like the learning we expected to get from something**, the better off I am!
I believe we're never not learning, and can always find more to learn from even the smallest situation

Also, to introduce myself, I'm Margo. I'm working with an after school program for first and second graders in Norristown, PA this year, and I've been really appreciating the words you all are sharing! Looking forward to reading more!

alesnick's picture

Welcome!

Great to hear your voice, Margo.  There seems to be something Buddhist in your approach -- a teaching and learning  approach grounded in this moment.  I will keep with that. . .  Thanks.

Ann Dixon's picture

having a teacher can be a luxury

Hi everyone, I'm the webmaster who keeps this website running so we can all have these great discussions. I am always learning something new since the technology keeps changing. A lot of times, I really wish I had a teacher now. Instead, when there's something new to learn or a problem happens that I need to figure out, I figure it out myself (with the help of online discussions with other webmasters). It would be great if I had a teacher who could point out the way!

Enjoy yourselves - I'm glad you're here.

Ann

alesnick's picture

Welcome!

Welcome, Ann -- and thanks for raising this important issue of how and when we need to teach ourselves.  Sometimes a teacher is hard to find . . . hard to believe when one is in school and they're all around!  And sometimes when a teacher comes along, it's for LIFE!

Crystal Bird Fauset's picture

Students learn in their own

Students learn in their own unique way, they learn in many different ways. It doesn't matter who you're teachers are you still learn. I learn teahers teach that's all i know.

gladys night 's picture

I think that you are right

I think that you are right when you say that students learn in their own unique way. Not everyone learns the same we all have a different way of grasping a subject whether it varies from reading writing or mathematics.

LittleItaly's picture

But wouldn't there be a

But wouldn't there be a difference in the classroom atmosphere in a room with a terrible teacher vs. a great teacher? I feel as if students wouldn't be as open to trying or asking for help if they knew the teacher didn't make the material clear but if they liked the teacher and the teacher made sure the kids understood it there would be more collective learning from the teacher and student instead of the student learning on her own, isolated.

Phillis Wheatly's picture

I agree

I agree with you, because being a student in a class were the material is hard, I appreciate the fact I can come to my teacher. When I go to him, it is a calm and loving environment, were what i say is not stupid it is just slightly wrong.

Jackie-Joyner Kesser's picture

Studentts not learing

I believe that the students are not learning because the students dont want to listen because sometimes the students are trying to figure out what exactlly does the subject have to do with my life and how can I put this with my life. I dont think that teachers really understand that the teachers are not going to stop putting information into your head.

Lucy Terry's picture

You made a good point but I

You made a good point but I realize that your basically blaming it all on the students...But sometimes its not just them and its the teacher and their specific techniques that they use to teach the students.

kganihanova's picture

I agree with you lucy, some

I agree with you lucy, some teachers simply are not cut out to be teachers. Like in the movie Bad Teacher ( an extreme example I realize), some are only in it for the vacation time and "easy" work. Education is constantly reforming and what is new very often gets old very quickly. Cudos for your comment Lucy!

Ma Riney's picture

I personally believe that if

I personally believe that if you want to learn and the teacher is not teaching or if he/she is teaching but not teaching on a level where you can understand you are not learning .you are just aware of what is going on and it is going in one ear and out the other. which is pointless because you will not remember it.

jrschwartz15's picture

theatre

I have always been a stage baby. I started performing at age 7 and since have been in around 30 productions and produced some shows of my own. Coming to college, i knew I wanted to keep up performing. Through my application process to BMC I had met a lot of people from the Shakespeare Performance Troupe and knew that I could find a home on campus with that group of individuals. After the anxiety of auditions, landing my first role with the troupe this semester meant the world to me. The one problem I did run into during tech week, however, was scheduling. I am also on the swim team and we have a rather intensive time commitment. Before the insanity of the past week and a half, I thought I could never pick between swimming and theatre. I realized, though, how much more my time in rehearsal meant to me and how much more I enjoyed it. While I love swimming and I love being on the team, I now know for sure that my priority is performance. I am not sure I will stop swimming, but I do know that theatre does after all take first place in my heart and I will be putting more focus on the troupe as my time here continues.

JHarmon's picture

When I took a Myers-Briggs

When I took a Myers-Briggs test the other day, I was told that I am an ENFP and that one of my “problems” is that I get bored very easily and constantly find new things to excite me. Interestingly, this is completely accurate of who I am. Instead of taking the time to completely master something (which is admirable to me, but not who I am at all), I love floating between a million things, never really mastering any of them (although there are things career-wise I'd like to master). Some staples in my life, however, are reading the New York Times every morning, surrounding myself with books, podcasts, and interesting blogs, exploring new restaurants and cafes, and aimlessly wandering. I also love my friends and family (I'm very, very close to my sister and often have 3 hour long conversations with her on the phone), hot drinks (coffee and tea), education reform issues (Michelle Rhee=hero), my hometown (Ithaca, NY!), thai food, classical and soundtrack music (Vivaldi and Hans Zimmer), people watching (weird), and issues about the workplace (business, leadership, etc.). Someday, I hope to pursue some of these random interests/passions and turn them into a career. I love working with people and I'm very interested in business and education, so I have a few thought about business school and consulting floating around in my head...

 

I guess it's all over the place, but hey, aren't we all?  

lissiem's picture

The last couple of weeks I

The last couple of weeks I have been become more passionate about finding myself as a person.  Although I already have a good sense of who I am and what I want in life, I want to develop into a person who is solid in my passions and ideas.  I want to know myself as a well rounded individual, including academics, but also beyond that.  I know this is vauge- but I think that's just because I haven't figured it out entrirely yet!

I'm also passionate about my family.  They are my rock, no matter what, I can always turn to them and know they'll be right by my side.  Everyone is my family is my best friend, I love them all so much.

alesnick's picture

do you

see finding yourself intersecting with your "education" -- however you define that?

JHarmon's picture

I can relate

I can totally relate to you here! A big theme in my life is trying to become the person I want to be/finding myself as a person. As I have spent more time at Bryn Mawr, the strongest messages I've gotten seem to deal with the idea that upward mobility doesn't really exist in the U.S. (I'm taking a class in SOCL, which only adds to the themes of class inequality that ESEM and "Class Dismessed" deeply focus on). I have a desire for upward mobility and I think a large part of that is developing my passions/interests while keeping in mind that there are ways to reach my goals, despite the barriers that stand in the way. 

nbnguyen's picture

I am passionate about....

I am passionate about travelling. At home, I am always protected by my parents. They always think that I am not mature enough, not smart enough to make my own choices. Last summer, they didn't want me to take a Japanese class because it was too dangerous for me to take a bus (I took a bus thousands times before when I studied abroad). They didn't allow me to hang out with my friends or have a part-time job, travelled to a different province or even have a boyfriend because they couldn't control me or protect me when I went out. The only thing I did last summer was doing the housework. I felt like when I was a totally different person when I came home. When I studied abroad, I was energetic and passionate and ambitous. But when I was at home, I was like a kid ten years before.

I dreamed about travelling, when I can make my own decisions and explore the world. I wanted to prove to my parents that I am not a kid anymore. I wanted to overcome their rules. I wanted to rebel. Don't protect me anymore, mom and dad. I would never be successful if I am overprotected or restricted.

kganihanova's picture

My life is drastically

My life is drastically different then it used to be. I used to be that kid who raised her hand first for every question, that kid who brown nosed her way into everything. Then I began working and focus changed from purely academic success to becoming a successful WELL ROUNDED person. Right now, I am passionate about taking care of the people in my life whom I care about. I do not have any pictures of them because usually when we're together, I'm more concerned with being with them then with taking pictures. Annie Grunwell, Sarah Lootah, and Jordan Schwartz are in essence my life right now. I love having friends to care about and to take care of and as such- anything that they need I am there- short of pre existing obligations. I'm not sure whether this will change but I hope to god that it doesn't because I love having a support system and being a support system for someone. As shallow as it sounds- I am passionate about people right now.

HSBurke's picture

kganihanova,  I think I have

kganihanova, 

I think I have a similar story. I've mentioned it a bit in class, so sorry if this is repetitive but, I went to a very difficult public highschool. We were ranked 20th in the nation, and the teachers wanted to keep it that way. I am always jealous of those people who loved their high school experience, because I did not. The relationship I formed were largely superficial, and they haven't carried over to college. Needless to say, one of my goals for Bryn Mawr was to make good friends and keep them. Currently, this is what I am passionate about. I've never had so many "best days of my life" as I have here. I finally feel like I have people that care about me, which truthfully, is a new experience. It's such a change from what I am used to -- I sometimes find myself staring at my roommate in awe when she offers to help proofread my papers and couldn't believe that she was willing to miss a day of school to go home with me for Thanksgiving. I've started to rethink what I know about having friends, and it feels so right. So I guess I'm passionate about people, too. And more specifically, how fantastically good those people can be. 

Kamila Ganihanova's picture

:) good to know someone else

:) good to know someone else is feeling the same. Bryn Mawr people are very nice.

gfeliz's picture

Passionate about way too much...

I am passionate about eating apples, spending time with my family, and studying to become a veterinarian. I LOVE apples—apple sauce, apple cider, apple juice, apple crisp, apple pie; basically anything that has the word APPLE in it. In high school I used to eat about 5-7 apples a day but now that I am in college I have cut back a little bit. However, I cannot go a day without having apple juice at breakfast, applesauce before lunch, and an apple before I go to sleep. This may all sound a bit odd, but it’s just something I am really passionate about eating. I guess it can’t be a bad thing anyways because as the saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

Aside for my strange passion and love for apples, I am also really passionate about being with my family. I have a very close relationship with my parents and my younger brother and I really enjoy being with them. When I’m with my family, we always seem to have the greatest times and laughs together.

Lastly, I have a passion for animals and biology. I spent a lot of my high school years working at a local animal hospital and at the Philadelphia Zoo to get a better insight on my interested field of study. It has been extremely helpful for me to have these opportunities because I have learned so much about being a veterinarian. Now that I am at Bryn Mawr, I have focused a lot of my studies around biology because I am passionate about science (specially animal science) and I am hoping to go to Vet school at the University of Florida or the University of Pennsylvania once I graduate from Bryn Mawr. 

Rae Hamilton's picture

Passionate about not enough

I am not really passionate about anything really. When I was younger I had many different interests and was eager to look into them. When I got older, I lost taste in almost everything. Reality/school has sucked the fun out of almost anything I found to be interesting and fun. For example, I used to LOVE to read and write but now that I am forced to analyze everything in a book, it has destroyed the pleasure of reading for me.The same with my writing, instead of being therapeutic, its a now stressful process. I hope as I continue my time at Bryn Mawr, I will fall in love with something again. Until that I will probably continue to be unambitious and undecided. 

JHarmon's picture

(:

Hey!

I loved reading about your passion for apples! That's awesome! Also, its good that apples are healthy, so at least it doesn't hurt! (: 

I have a similar food/drink passion, which is coffee. During my senior year, I was so obsessed with coffee that I read a 500 page book about its history. I even learned the art of coffee pairing and tasting, and I've kind of become a coffee connoisseur. Oddly, my Bryn Mawr supplement was even about coffee...

Utitofon's picture

'Undecided'

Thank goodness such a word exist. My classmates jovially called me NFA - No Future Ambition! They could not understand why I could not make up my mind about my future career. That is another reason why I am glad to school in a liberal arts college with the advantage of 365 days to decide and an extra window of opportunity to alter my choice. I love working with kids - tutoring. I have been doing that since 7th grade. Its fun helping shape people's brains. I derive tremendous excitement from watching my students eyes light up as they experience an aha moment. Tutoring is one result of my natural flair for talking. I also preach every week. I enjoy marketing products, debating issues and coordinating anything from picnics to projects. I talk better than I write. It seems natural that i should pursue a career in education right? But I could be a lawyer and talk in court, or a IT consultant and talk to my clients. I could be a motivational speaker and inspire people to go for their passions, hoping they have any. I love listening and dancing to music, watching movies, and reading books. I also want to have kids. I wanna do all of these, but I can't, so what will be will be.

S. Yaeger's picture

Passionate About Family

I grew up in a giant extended family who all lived, until recently, within a mile of each other.  Between my maternal and paternal families, I have a combined total of 14 biological aunts and uncles, 34 biological cousins, eight granparent couples, and too many cousins via marriage and inclusion to count.  On my mother's side, I am the oldest grandchild and oldest cousin, which meant a lot of babysitting jobs and a lot of love and support throughout my life.  As kids, we were all close because we were kind of forced togther, but as we've grown, we've become close as adults too.  

Growing up in such a big and ever changing community of people who support each other was an amazing experience for me.  I was a strange kid and, as such, had trouble making friends in school, but it never really mattered to me because I had a kind of ready made group of friends in my cousins.  Additionally, because we were always gaining new people through marriage or through someone who didn't have a family being included, I grew up with sense of family being more dictated by willingness to accept and support than it is by genetic lineage.  This has made me extremely passionate about creating a family for myself and for others everywhere I go.  It also made me into the person who tries to make everyone feel included and supported to the point where people call me in the middle of the night when they need help, and has given me an imense sense of value.  Though it can sometimes be overwhelming to attend family functions, especially now that most of us have partners of our own, Iwould not give it up for anything.  In fact, my strong family ties are exactly what led me to return to school and try something new and challenging because I knew that they would be there even if I failed. In many ways, they are the driving factor behind almost everything I do.

nbnguyen's picture

I have the same feeling

I know what you are feeling. I do have a big family with 15 aunts and uncles, and 39 biological cousins. But different from you, I am the youngest grandaughter on both my mom and my dad's side. I am always surrounded and supported by family members since I was a kid. I did grew a big passion, big ties and even big responsibility for my family. They are the only people who I can totally trust, who I believe will stick with me for the rest of my life. Having a huge family is a big advantage. They are different from most of my friends who just come and go throughout my life. I have lots of goals when I grow up. One of them is to support my family financially and emotionally.  It makes me different from some people. Everything I decided in my life is somehow responsible. I do something not only for myself, but for the benefits of people I love. 

alesnick's picture

collective theory of action?

I am struck by your articulating how your choices are not individualistic, but done for the benefit of others, too.  The entwining of love and action/choice . . . does this connect with Tuck's theory of change as "desire-based?"

Jackie-Joyner Kesser's picture

I can understand how you are

I can understand how you are feeling because I have a huge family and I sometimes think that my family dont care about me and then
when we get together I feel the love from them that i was looking for. My family is always there for me. My life has always been in the palms of my moms hands and I think that if it was not for her I would not be where I am now.

S. Yaeger's picture

J.J.K,  I have moments where

J.J.K,  I have moments where I think my family doesn't care about me too.  It's great when they prove me wrong!  I also don't think I'd be where I am without them.

Utitofon's picture

Wow! I thought i came from a

Wow! I thought i came from a large family. Lovely story and passion

Serena's picture

Passion Lost

I feel as though I used to be a lot more passionate than I am now. I was involved in many different causes at the beginning of high school - environmental, animal rights, LGBT rights, general civil rights, etc. - but after years of being beaten down by surrounding apathy, I feel as if I've taken on the popular attitude within our generation that little can be done, so there is no use in trying. Maybe this is a way of protecting myself from emotion, as I remember being very upset and even depressed to be confronted with the attitudes of others. Recently, I was surprised by my reaction to the Occupy movement, of which years ago I would have been on the front line; now I think to myself that it is nice, and I hope that it does something, but I simply don't have enough time to get involved. I truly regret that I could be so affected by others, and I hope to get involved again in college.

All is not lost, however. I continue to be passionate about several things: family, education, and knowing myself. All of these are intertwined. Much of what I do is with thoughts of my mother. She cared for me on her own after my father left, and I have always admired her for the sacrifices she made to raise me well. She taught me of the value of education and played a large role in my current personality. It is mostly because I want to get a good job to be able to take care of her that I am in college, because while I am passionate about education, that alone would not be enough to keep me in school - after all, you don't necessarily need schooling for a good education. Furthermore, it is through my education that I get to know myself - by putting myself in uncomfortable places to overcome my discomfort, or by observing how I react to certain situations. I think this is something that more people should do, but of course, I am biased.

LittleItaly's picture

I agree

I agree with your point about losing the motivation to do everything. But is that what comes with time? When we're a little kid we thing we could be a super hero. Then by 5th grade we know there are really no caped figures running around at night. We get into high school ready to take on the world or at least your community by joining clubs but by the end of high school and the beginning of college you start to realize you are being pushed down one path. When we get older we think about taxes and who will pick up the kids from school and will only have time to be able to focus on our work at that office, that big presentation we have in two days, there is no room to have the idea of going out on the streets and join Occupy! or drop everything and travel the world. But is there away to reignite this passion? Or is gone forever once the flame goes out? Does the flame ever truly die? And what does this mean when looking at class? Are lower class more prone to fight the government or change their paths than people of upper class..or visa versa? Or is it a mutual feeling, this phenomenon strikes beyond the divisions of socioecomoic classes?

nbnguyen's picture

I also think that I am losing

I also think that I am losing my passion recently. Two years ago, I wanted to do something great, to make reforms, to change people's lives. However, time passes, I saw a lot of people who want to make reforms always standing alone or be oppressed by the powerful authority. Many people know they are doing the right thing, but they fear to support them. Besides, I know that to pursue my dreams require a lot of sacrifice. I don't know whether I am patient enough or brave enough to achieve what I want. I was sometimes depressed that I don't know where to start. I also have a lot of ties, a lot of responsibility. Maybe when I become more mature, I recognize the real obstacles and become more practical, it's when I lose my passion. I sometimes look back to myself two years ago and become regretful and disappointed

nbnguyen's picture

I also think that I am losing

I also think that I am losing my passion recently. Two years ago, I wanted to do something great, to make reforms, to change people's lives. However, time passes, I saw a lot of people who want to make reforms always standing alone or be opperessed by the powerful authority. Many people know they are doing the right thing, but they fear to support them. Besides, I know that to pursue my dreams require a lot of sacrifice. I don't know whether I am patient enough or brave enough to achieve what I want. I was sometimes depressed that I don't know where to start. I also have a lot of ties, a lot of responsibility. Maybe when I become more mature, I recognize the real obstacles and become more practical, it's when I lose my passion. I sometimes look back to myself two years ago and become regretful and disappointed

LJ's picture

Serena, I can really relate

Serena,

I can really relate to losing my passions. In high school, like you, I was a very passionate member of many groups like my schools environmental group. I was also very passionate about the classes I was taking especially history. I have found that now that I'm in college I haven't necessarily lost my passion I'm just reevaluating who I am as a person. Right now I have no idea what I want to major in and still trying to define who I am and what I'm about. Oh course I will always love the environment and things like gymnastics at the moment I’m finding that it’s just getting tougher to decide what I’m really passionate about.

thamid's picture

A Passion for Sports

I am a huge sports fan. Within the United States I am a fan of everything Philly: Flyers, Philles, Eagles, and of course the Union. My favorite sport is soccer. I played for 13 years and hope to play for Bryn Mawr next year. The majority of passion for sports is dedicated to soccer. When I found of Philadelphia was getting a team, I was beyond excited. Going to Union games is probably my favorite past time. There is nothing better than “dooping” when the Union scores a goal. The Union is my favorite MLS team, but my passion for soccer is international. My favorite national men’s team is Spain. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I cried when they won the world cup. I still love the U.S men’s team, but Spain holds a higher power in my heart.

It’s hard to say where my strong liking for sports comes from. My parents are semi into sports but do not follow the weekly action. Sports are such a huge part of my life that they take on a trait of my personality. They have led me to unbreakable bonds with teammates. There is a different sort of camaraderie that comes along with sports. Teammates are not just friends, they become family. I think growing up as an only child put a greater focus on the relationships I built through sports. I had family my age to play with are just have a good time. Being part of a team and working together to accomplish a goal is one of the best feelings.

Sports have definitely helped many aspects of my life, especially working with others. Being on a team makes it easier to work with and rely on other people because everyone is bringing something different but the goal is to accomplish the task. My passion for sports is beyond a liking, it is a respect.

George Washington Carver's picture

i feel the some way has you

i feel the some way has you but about volleyball and karate. i love it to the point where i want to be came a karate teacher or a volleyball coach. if you love it do it

gfeliz's picture

Can't wait to have you apart

Can't wait to have you apart of the BMC Soccer team family next fall! I love Spain too...and I may or may not have cried as well when they won the world cup...

Chandrea's picture

All in the Family


From left to right: Soban, Veasna, Soriya, Kang, Chandrea. Bottom right to left: Bopha, Aaron

I'm passionate about my family. That may seem like a boring answer but I have an incredibly large family and they play a huge role in my life. I put so much effort into my school work because of my mom and my siblings. I'm the first to go to college and whenever I wake up and get ready for class, I think about why I'm getting up in the first place. I'm in college because I want to better my mom and slblings' lives and prove to my siblings that a strong work ethic and motivation can get them far.

I always saw college as a distant place - I knew I wanted to go, but I wasn't sure if and how I would get there. I think my younger sister, Soriya (who's wearing glasses in our family photo), viewed college the same way but because she saw me slaving over my college applications and the FAFSA and me finally being accepted at Bryn Mawr, she sees college as something that will definitely be a part of her future. I know my mom's incredibly proud of me and she played (and still is playing) a key role in my success at Bryn Mawr. My family and Bryn Mawr College are two interesting entities that work together to motivate me to give my all. Being a student at Bryn Mawr proves that I'm going somewhere with my hard work and my siblings and I set standards for each other. I set the bar high because I'm in college, Soriya's going to need to do the same thing and set the bar higher for Soban, and so on and so forth.

James Brown's picture

That picture of your family

That picture of your family is so beautiful.

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