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Tutor Responses: Alex

CCS asked some of our volunteer tutors a few questions about their tutees and their overall experience. Here is what they had to say:

CCS: What was one highlight of tutoring last semester? 

Alex: Towards the end of last semester, Jashim gave me a copy of his “autobiography” assignment he wrote for English class. He wrote about his experience moving from Bangladesh to America and the challenges of learning English. I appreciated his willingness to open up to me about his life and I learned a lot about him through what he had written.

CCS: What did your student accomplish that you both felt really good about?

Alex: Jashim has become much more confident in testing out new words. In our first few meetings he was nervous in writing his history essays that involved new (and sometimes fairly complicated) vocabulary. Towards the end of the semester, he was much more willing to try out new sentences and write about more abstract ideas.

Tutor Responses: Tri

CCS asked some of our volunteer tutors a few questions about their tutees and their overall experience. Here is what they had to say:

CCS: What was one highlight of tutoring last semester? 

Tri: One thing I like about Irma is her enthusiasm in learning. She always gets excited when she figures out how to solve a problem. Irma was working on her homework, when she finally understood the concepts behind those assignments. She kept on working, and ended up doing almost twice the number of assigned homework problems.

CCS: What did your student accomplish that you both felt really good about?

Tri: Irma was able to apply Math concepts, such as Standard Deviation and Sampling Bias, to answer real life question, for example: how much do I sleep or how well do I perform in class compared to others.

Saby, City Links 2014-2015

Saby Samedy

“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.”

Jarna, City Links 2014-2015

Jarna Uddin“My name is Jarna. I’m 15 years old. I was born
in Bangladesh.  I’m studying in Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.  I’m a sophomore.  I have been living in Cambridge Massachusetts for 11 months. My uncle applied for my family to come here.

 I love math. Last year I was the best student from my math class.  I want to learn more English. I love to draw and I have portraits class. In my free time I chat with my friends.

 I want to finish the high school and go to college. I have one future plan. That is to be a nurse. I want to back in Bangladesh with my family. I know how to respect others. I want to do a good job.

 I want to be a part of City Links because I don’t know how to speak English very well. I heard from others that City Links is for who came from another country and don’t know how to speak English very well. City links has field trips, lots of fun and one day a week a tutor. From City Links we can meet new friends.”

City Hall by Cinthia Pineda

City Links students learn about job readiness and career planning at their internships. Students work an average of 10 hours a week, gaining valuable skills and work experience at nonprofits and municipal offices throughout the city of Cambridge.

City Links Student Blog

Hello readers,. I’m writing to you to tell you about my new internship at the Cambridge City Hall as Vice-Mayor Dennis A. Benzan’s assistant.


When I had the offer to work there I was excited because I had the opportunity to learn about politics (something I’ve never really liked) and get to know more about it. The world is centered around politics and they affect us on a daily basis. How do they work? Who makes the decisions? I used to think about it sometimes and never really found an accurate answer until I got this job, where I began to learn about how things work and how they affect us.


The Mayor, Vice-Mayor and Councillors in the City Hall participate in meetings where they talk about the issues in the city of Cambridge and try to find a way to solve them. I have been available to…

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Irma, City Links 2014-2015

Irma Exil“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.”

Hyreya, City Links 2014-2015

Hyreya Yessuf 2

“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.”