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Finding the Funding

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in College Connect

Finding the Funding

Hola a Todas, y Todos, Hi Everyone The purpose of this blog is to provide you with different funding opportunities, whether you are conducting research or studying abroad. Although I am not an expert in research, it all started off with the drive to investigate an issue I am very interested and passionate about. After a long – really long – quarter I had finally figured out my research question, which will of course, go through a metamorphosis as I continue my undergraduate career. A big challenge for me was getting the funds needed to travel to El Salvador. Luckily, I had a good friend and amazing faculty advisor – whom I can call comrades – who supported me through the funding request to the application process for a research exemption. Further, my family, mentors, high school teachers, comrades and friends supported me as well. Successfully, together we fundraised the money needed to pay for my travel expenses. I am going to El Salvador during the Summer!! Esta cumbia es la baila mi país, el sonido sabroson de El Salvador ♫ Wondering how to get funds for your project/research/study abroad? General Funding (for personal/group projects, or study abroad programs) Reach out to:  You college provost (funding ranges from $200-$400)  Dean of Students Office (funding ranges from $500-$800)  Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) (funding ranges from $150-$500) Other Fundraising Options Create a Go Fund Me campaign and share it with o Friends o Club/organization members o High school teachers o College Connect mentors o Community organizations o Other people who you think will be willing to help you out Blast your Go Fund Me campaign on FB and send personal emails Field Study Funds (Particularly for UC Santa Cruz students) (funds for things like: conducting research, and exploring a research question) 1. Nancy Pascal Field Study Scholarship (Award Recipient) Deadline: March 9th (Winter quarter) How much do they grant: $100-$1,000 2. Joel Frankel Memorial Fund (Award Recipient) Deadline: March 20th (Winter quarter) How much do they grant: $500-$700 3. Merrill Student Special Project Fund Deadline: April 25th (Spring quarter) They do not say up to how much they can give Scholarships (to pay for university logistics like tuition, housing, food, transportation, books) Check out the blog, keep scrolling down and you will find list of scholarships. http://www.missiongraduates.org/?p=5523 Last but not least Before you request funding, make sure you have… a) A budget of the estimated expenses Link: http://www.nafsa.org/_/file/_/financialaid/finaid_appendixc.pdf b) A funding request proposal. Include things like: –What is the project/research/study abroad about? –Why you want to participate in the project/research/study abroad? -What skills do you have or want to learn in the project/research/study abroad? -Do you have a faculty sponsor? Any organizations that support the work you do? -How will you...

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Study Abroad: France

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in College Connect

Study Abroad: France

Erica Nguyen, a cohort 5 student attending Georgetown, is studying abroad this summer in France. She describes her experience as she studies abroad this summer:   I have been in Tours, France for three weeks. I am officially half way done with the program. I cannot definitively say that my French has improved immensely. But what I can say though is that I am able to conduct a basic conversation with a Francophone. I am living with a host family and, in my house, there has always been two other foreigners living with me along with my host mom, who is retired and divorced. Dinner time has always been not very challenging for me in terms of needing to generate conversations because the other people, who can speak better French, will always have something to share, which leaves me less awkward with my minimal French. However, today’s dinner was a different story. One of my housemates left and the other went out for dinner with a friend; therefore, tonight’s dinner consisted of my host mom and I. As terrifying as one-on-one dinner with her seemed due to my incompetent French; it wasn’t, surprisingly. I was able to formulate substantial and comprehensible sentences that allowed us to have a pretty decent conversation over dinner. I mean, of course my grammar could use some more work, but overall, we both had something going and dinner was very enjoyable. French is very difficult to learn, but having to develop the courage to keep trying time after time after time of constant failures in adequately conveying thoughts across in French is even more difficult. In the beginning when I would try to communicate with my host mom, 8 out of 10 times she would reply to me with, “I don’t understand.” It was undeniably discouraging. However, tonight’s dinner was different. Throughout the entire dinner, although there were looks of confusion, I was able to keep trying to convey my thoughts in all the other possible ways and it helped! She did not have to resort to saying, “I don’t understand.” Instead, she patiently waited for me to explain to her what I wanted to say. It was honestly quite a success for me. After tonight, I will not wait to speak up. I will try to initiate conversations and continue to mess up, because if I don’t, how else will I learn? It’s honestly not that hard to stumble in speaking French and then move on from these petty discouragements anyway, because there is a finish line that I must get to, and I will get there one day.   Enjoy the rest of your time in France, Erica! We look forward to hearing more about it...

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The Perspective of Co-teachers

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Extended Day Programs

The Perspective of Co-teachers

This week at the elementary school programs, some of the co-teachers were interviewed about the challenges as well as joys of working with the young students. Many of the co-teachers like to work with the children and enjoy the curiosity they have for life and hunger to try new things. Maria Tec-Poot, co-teacher at Marshall Elementary School, likes working with the children. She enjoys helping the students by getting involved with educational and fun activities. She really enjoys working on the art activities with the students. She likes to get involved with the children to show them anything is possible when you try. The students get an opportunity to focus on activities and Maria gets to help the students succeed. Working as a co-teacher in the classroom gives her and the students a chance to learn and have a good time this summer.   Jessica Villa, another co-teacher at Marshall Elementary School, likes the support she receives from the other teachers as a first-time co-teacher at Mission Graduates. She likes to teach art to the children and the support lets her get involved in the activities from planning the project all the way through to see the final results of her lesson through the artwork done by the kids. Despite the challenges of being a co-teacher, she loves it because of the support and involvement from the other teachers and doing activities with the children. She looks forward to continue building relationships with the teachers and students. Cheery Huang, co-teacher at Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School and Bryant Elementary School, enjoys working with children, especially those in her class this summer. She has been working with kids for some time before being a co-teacher with Mission Graduates. Cheery is majoring in sociology and may want to do something in the field of teaching in the future. She said the kids are fun to be with when they are having fun with activities. Spending time with the children is her favorite thing about being a co- teacher. She likes to have the kids working together on an assignment or playing out at recess. This is her first summer being a co-teacher at Mission Graduates. Kevin Isuiza, another co-teacher at Flynn and Bryant Elementary, enjoys interacting with the children in his class. He is always there to help the students when they are unsure of a project or need help with reading. One of the most memorable times this summer was going to Lake Anza. Kevin made sure the children felt comfortable before going into the water to guarantee they felt safe. He said making sure the children feel secure is important because it will make them feel at ease. Kevin is studying Urban Studies in college and in the future sees himself working with different communities to help children. Keri Ngo,...

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Cohort 8: Meeting the Coaches

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in College Connect

Cohort 8: Meeting the Coaches

The writing workshop for cohort 8 provided students an opportunity to hear from guest speakers about personal statements and the process it takes to craft one that stands out. During the sessions, students and writing coaches had time to meet and get to know one another before starting the journey of writing a personal statement.  Students learned about the realities of writing a personal statement from a college admissions officer as well as a student from cohort 7. Students and coaches participated in writing exercises centered on self and family to get a better understanding of each other and many different writing styles. These exercises will be helpful to the students when writing a personal statement because writing an engaging piece is essential to be noticed. Students in cohort 8 are getting ready to start the college admission process and will have weekly meetings with their writing coaches to perfect their essays. We are excited to see how the students craft their...

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College Admissions Letters

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in College Connect, News

College Admissions Letters

Receiving college admission letters is a scary, but exciting moment. The individual is unsure whether the college or university will accept or deny all of their hard work completed over the past four years. A College Connect senior, Anabell Gimena, described her thoughts as she received admission letters which created a knot of excitement in her stomach. “When I read that I was accepted into a college, I felt as if I was wanted and that I had the potential to be more because they believed in my capabilities. I was really excited- it seemed as if with each decision, they were giving me the keys to different doors. Some schools gave me the key, some didn’t. But nevertheless, I was finally seeing the opportunities that lay ahead of me.” As of May 1st, all of the College Connect seniors made their decisions and Anabell will be attending the University of California, Santa Cruz. Thank you for your time Anabell. You will do great things at UCSC, keep up the good...

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