If you’ve been following this blog you’ve might have noticed how often I say I’m from Los Angeles. I talk about it so much because I’m so proud. However, it can often be difficult to travel between Hanover and Los Angeles. As much as I would love to visit several times throughout the year, it’s such a long journey. Though I’ve pretty much tried to visit home during Spring Break (because who wouldn’t want to visit LA during spring break?!), I’ve tried to take advantage of alternative spring break trips offered by Dartmouth.
My sophomore year I went on a spring break trip to Houston, TX to speak to (mostly) middle and high school students about the importance of college, my experiences as a first generation college student, any obstacles I faced, and to answer any questions they had. It was important for me to be able to offer myself as a resource and share my perspective on higher education.
Since my ultimate goal revolves around working in education and education policy, this was a great trip! I was able to visit Texas and get to talk to students about the importance of education. Awesome!
The best part was being able to volunteer as a tutor during some after school programs. It really allowed me to engage with the students rather than speaking from an presenter point of view. I wanted the students to feel comfortable enough to ask me whatever they had on their minds.
I know people will be posting throughout the week about really cool stuff they’ve done during their spring breaks here at Dartmouth. So stay tuned as we talk about past experiences, as well as future ones with the term nearing its end!