Katie Bonner '15
Tucker Foundation Office Assistant
Hometown: Nanuet, NYRead the full interview
"SEAD has been one of the best experiences in my life. Not only did it introduce me to new people from different places, it introduced me to the school that I would like to attend for college. SEAD has taught me about many things in the world, most importantly who I am."
"As individuals we are strong, but as a group we are stronger. Our values and beliefs may consist of many different things, but we together as a group at SEAD, we have more knowledge."
"SEAD really gave me a head start on the college application process. It really makes me feel good to tell people how far I've gotten in terms of what I want to do after high school. "
"SEAD has affected my life so much. I made some great new friends and they are not just friends but they are my family. When I am not with them I think about them all the time and wish that we will someday all be together again."
"We are a group of very different individuals who have different goals, dreams, interests, challenges, conflicts, values and beliefs, but we all share one common thing, or else we wouldn't be here. "
"We all have potential: potential for what is different for every person but we all can be whatever we want to be if we all work hard enough. SEAD shows you how to reach that goal."
"SEAD has helped me mature into a more well-rounded person: a person who is willing to express themselves and realize that they are unique."
"SEAD has challenged my way of thinking. It has shown me the little bit that I thought I knew is nothing compared to what I could know if I apply myself."
"I was really inspired by the amazing strides that the students have made considering their challenging backgrounds. "
"In all the time I have spent working with teenagers I have never seen a group that was so supportive of each other. That was really amazing!"
"I am so glad I decided to be a mentor. Because of SEAD III, I find myself hanging out with the SEAD I kids and encouraging them to stick with the program. After seeing all the work the kids put in, I was so proud."
"SEAD has changed the direction of my life. Without SEAD, I would not have become so interested in education and the disproportionate access available to our current society."
"Coming in I had no idea how much these students would affect the way I think about my own life, actions, dreams and interests."
"I've learned more in the past two weeks than I have in my two years at Dartmouth. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the chance to work with these amazing and inspiring students."
"I was very encouraged to see how much the program helped students grow socially and intellectually and bond as a group."
"I was very moved by this whole experience. SEAD III built a family in two weeks, complete with lots of love and a little bit of stress."
Last Updated: 9/6/11