Throughout my time working with The Dream.Us I have become more aware of how lucky I am to have a great education. It is a privilege not everyone has access to and is especially hard for undocumented immigrants to get. I am determined to keep working with my program and others like it to help everyone have access to education.
The most challenging part of this project was being able to connect with the audience in such a way where they were able to understand how important the Dream.Us is. However, the most rewarding part of this project was the comments my peers gave me afterward telling me that I did, evidently, interest them enough where they are willing to help immigrants get an education.
This year I volunteered at the Friends Seminary auction as a student docent. This was a positive experience for me because I was able to incorporate my interest in Art History and Curation into my service requirement for the 2017-2018 school year. I was responsible for explaining the works of Rashid Johnson. Prior to the preview and auction, I researched his work and his career. I was most fascinated by his Anxious Men series. A lot of Rashid’s work is centered around the experience of African Americans and the Black Lives Matter movement. I felt very fortunate to examine his work and participate in the Friends Seminary Auction this year.
This year I gave tours to prospective students as part of the admissions office team. I had always seen students giving tours around school, and thought I could be good at it. I was so thrilled when I was asked to give tours in the beginning of this year. I had such a good time showing families around the school, and I think that hearing from a current student was really helpful for them. It was a fun way to give back to my community, and talking to prospective students about Friends made me remember why/how much I loved it in the first place.
In the beginning of the year, I helped out during both the new student and the 9th grade orientations. It was the first year I had helped out for one of these orientations, and as a senior, it was touching to be able to impart some wisdom to the freshmen and help them the way seniors helped me when I was a freshman.