Scholars Motivate Middle Schoolers in College Awareness Panel

Torch and BPHS Scholars traveled to Roxbury’s Timilty Middle School to present a college motivation panel to middle schoolers in the A.V.I.D. college awareness program.
Sharing their experiences of perseverance, motivation, and achievement, the NU student panel stressed the importance of reaching out for support and finding mentors in the community to help build bridges to college. BPHS Scholar Curtis Ross, a Timilty Middle School alum, joined fellow BPHS scholars Elisa Cheng and Shawlette Howard-Smith, and Torch Scholars Kaysha Bennett and Wen Min Wen in answering the question, "Why college?"  for over 200 Timilty students. Wen Min Wen (Torch Class 4), a native of New York City, appreciated the opportunity for giving her a new perspective on Boston Public Schools and what she can do to give back to the Boston community as a college student. Nicholas A. Watson, Senior Assistant Director for Undergraduate Admissions, Multicultural Recruitment and Access Programs, facilitated the panel discussion and commented on the importance of outreach to Boston Public Schools with NU students. "We are planting seeds that will be fostered later in life, but it’s really about the impact we are having now on these students that will hopefully build a "can do" attitude for anything they approach in life. That day was also about our NU students being exposed to the impact they can have on people’s lives. You don’t have to have a degree in order to have an impact. All you need is the willingness and motivation to inspire."