“My name is Saby. I’m from Haiti. I’m 16 years old and I moved in the US in October 2012. Moving here was both a great and a tough experience. It was a great experience because I had the opportunity to discover a new place, meet new people, and learn about a new culture. I also had a tough experience because I had to learn a foreign language, I had to learn a new culture, and most importantly I had to live there. I had to leave my family, my friends, and my country behind. It was a hard decision but it had to be made. I have now been living in Cambridge for two years. I enjoy playing volleyball and tennis and I love reading. For the future, I plan on on going to a four year college and earn my masters to be a doctor. My expectations towards the City Links program are to have a mentor that will help me and advice me, and also for this program to help me spread my wings.”
My name is Ratna Uddin. I came from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I have been living in Cambridge for more than one year. I live with my uncle, who sponsored my family. We are Muslim. I moved here for a better life and a good education. I like living here because of diversity and opportunities, but I do not like the winter weather. I am in 10th grade at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. My favorite sports are badminton, cricket and football, which is American soccer. My favorite hobbies are art, special drawing, art of fashion, and also cooking. After college, I want to be a nurse because I love to take care of people. My family also wants me to be a nurse. I was interested to be part of City Links because my brother told me that City Links could help me to improve my English skills and to meet with new people. He was also part of City Links last year. There are many opportunities, such as tutoring and mentoring, for bilingual students who came from different parts of the world. Then I talked with my family about City Links, and they said I could apply for City Links. I think City Links can help me achieve a better future.
“Moving in the US wasn’t really a challenge for me because I had a family waiting for me. They wanted me to be there with them and to help me to accomplish my goals in life. I have been living in Cambridge for about 3 years. I love it here because I get all the support I need and I have people that care about me and how I’m dealing with everything. And they will help me if I m struggling with anything.
I have a lot of hobbies, which are reading, watching TV, and the most important ones are music and dance. After high school school, I’m planning on going to Northeastern University. I will be doing a law program that will help with my career in law, then I will go to law school. I will work very hard, try to do my best at everything so that I can accomplished my number one goal. Giving up is not a choice for me because I want to achieve my goals so that I can make my mom who brought me to this country very proud.
I hope that I learn a lot from City Links this year because I’m junior and I’m really thinking about my future. I want to be prepared to go out there on the world. I hope that we will work a lot on resume and also to visit more colleges so I can get an idea of what it is like to be in college. I want everything to be panned out before I m a senior. I also think that it might be a good idea for juniors to start applying for scholarships because it’s never too early to think about your future.”
“Moving to the U.S. was pretty challenging. I got the opportunity to learn more than I did in my country. I met new people and learn about different cultures. I learned English quickly.
I’m now a senior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin school. I have been living in Cambridge and the U.S. for 3 years.
My extracurricular activities are: I have work, Math and English tutors and I have a mentor. My plans for the future are to go to college and study Biology and Engineering. My expectation about the City Links program is to have more fundraising for the field trip to El Salvador. I’m hoping throughout the year, I will improve my English speaking skills, finish my college application and have fun.”