Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Paola Gonzalez

Every year, the Writing Success Program and the Community Program’s Office awards student leaders who have encountered financial barriers, a scholarship in honor of our founding director, Janet E. Brown. We asked applicants for the story behind the most meaningful object in their lives. Read down below for this recipient’s story: The most meaningful object that I own is my ukulele. Three years ago when … Continue reading Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Paola Gonzalez

Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Nga Mai

Every year the Writing Success Program and the Community Program’s Office awards student leaders who have encountered financial barriers, a scholarship in honor of our founding director, Janet E. Brown. We asked applicants for the story behind the most meaningful object in their lives. Read down below for this recipient’s story:   There is one photo that hangs in isolation upon an off-white wall. The … Continue reading Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Nga Mai

Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Amelia Vernon

Every year, the Writing Success Program and the Community Program’s Office awards student leaders who have encountered financial barriers, a scholarship in honor of our founding director, Janet E. Brown. We asked applicants for the story behind the most meaningful object in their lives. Read down before for this recipient’s story:   A flat. B. Or was it B flat? The notes all merged together … Continue reading Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Amelia Vernon

Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Giovanny Machado

Every year, the Writing Success Program and the Community Program’s Office awards student leaders who have encountered financial barriers, a scholarship in honor of our founding director, Janet E. Brown. We asked applications for the story behind the most meaningful object in their lives. Read down before for this recipient’s story: The most meaningful object that I possess is my mother’s silver chain that she … Continue reading Janet Brown Scholarship Recipient: Giovanny Machado

SRC Spotlight: RAIN!

In honor of Academic Success Week, the Campus Retention Committee (CRC) along with the Writing Success Program (WSP) are highlighting a different Student Retention Center (SRC) project every day of the week. An opportunity to preview and look at the retention work they provide. Today we are highlighting RAIN!. -What services does your project offer? RAIN! peer counseling provides students with support, tools, and resources … Continue reading SRC Spotlight: RAIN!

SRC Spotlight: ASP

In honor of Academic Success Week, the Campus Retention Committee (CRC) along with the Writing Success Program (WSP) are highlighting a different Student Retention Center (SRC) project every day of the week. An opportunity to preview and look at the retention work they provide. Today we are highlighting ASP. What services does your project offer? ASP offers one-on-one peer counseling sessions, a 2-unit internship course, … Continue reading SRC Spotlight: ASP

SRC Spotlight: SPEAR

In honor of Academic Success Week, the Campus Retention Committee (CRC) along with the Writing Success Program (WSP) are highlighting a different Student Retention Center (SRC) project every day of the week. An opportunity to preview and look at the retention work they provide. Today we are highlighting SPEAR. . What services does your project offer? Our project seeks to address retention issues through 1-on-1 peer … Continue reading SRC Spotlight: SPEAR

SRC Spotlight: SEA CLEAR

  In honor of Academic Success Week, the Campus Retention Committee (CRC) along with the Writing Success Program (WSP) are highlighting a different Student Retention Center (SRC) project every day of the week. An opportunity to preview and look at the retention work they provide. Today we are highlighting SEA CLEAR. What services does your project offer? SEA CLEAR has 5 components to provide a … Continue reading SRC Spotlight: SEA CLEAR

SRC Spotlight: The Math Success Program

In honor of Academic Success Week, the Campus Retention Committee (CRC) along with the Writing Success Program (WSP) are highlighting a different Student Retention Center (SRC) project every day of the week. An opportunity to preview and look at the retention work they provide. Today we are highlighting the Math Success Program.   -What services does your project offer? We offer free services that focus … Continue reading SRC Spotlight: The Math Success Program

SRC Spotlight: The Writing Success Program (WSP)

In honor of Academic Success Week, the Campus Retention Committee (CRC) along with the Writing Success Program (WSP) are highlighting a different Student Retention Center (SRC) project every day of the week. An opportunity to preview and look at the retention work they provide. Today we are highlighting the Writing Success Program. -What services does your project offer? We offer free one-on-one writing support for … Continue reading SRC Spotlight: The Writing Success Program (WSP)

The Writing SUCCESS Program and How It Prepares Your Future

Crazy to imagine that two years ago, my former boss Dennis Santiago, office manager and internship director, was trying to convince me to apply to WSP. I felt very doubtful because I really did not know much about academic writing. I was a creative writer but even then I had a hard time claiming that title. Fortunately I received the job and joined the team … Continue reading The Writing SUCCESS Program and How It Prepares Your Future

Cultural Understanding and Language

Cultural norms are important to look at or considering when working with ELL students. It is a great way to understand a person’s language development and their understanding. I of course grew up in a Spanish speaking household. I only spoke English when I went to school or when having to interact with others aside of my family. I often times thought I was the … Continue reading Cultural Understanding and Language

ICE Raids

The political climate in the United States has been a bit strange and hostile. Since Trump has taken over as president, his xenophobic speeches and promises have slowly become a reality (or are in the process of becoming a reality). His plight against the undocumented community, specifically Latino undocumented immigrants has risen since his inauguration. It is easy to look at your local news or … Continue reading ICE Raids

International Reads: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing was one of the most fascinating books I have read. Exceptionally sad but beautifully detailed, I was immediately hooked. The story follows two sisters that will never meet and do not know of each other’s’ existence in 18th century Ghana. We see their family tree unravel as one sister becomes the mistress of a British man and the second sister is sold off into … Continue reading International Reads: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Long Term English Language Learners

Long term English Language Learners are students that are often times in grades 6-12. These are students that have attended U.S. schools for seven years or more.These are students that often times do not get the necessary resources or attention needed to improve their English in comparison to students that are in elementary school. These students may also have a grasp of English orally and … Continue reading Long Term English Language Learners

Grammar: Contractions

Contractions could be complicated for students to understand, especially when they sound the same. A contraction is when you make two words shorter by placing an apostrophe between them. Contractions seem to be a popular grammar mistakes that people like to refer or talk about on social media. People often write posts about knowing the difference between “their, they’re, and there.” It’s understandable why people … Continue reading Grammar: Contractions

Grammar: Verb Tenses

Verbs can be simple to understand sometimes. Verbs are action words. What complicates the understanding of verbs are the tenses. Understanding when to use which tense and in which situations is what makes it complex. Down below are some general rules that can be helpful in understanding the tenses and when to use them. Simple Present (Basic Form or S- form): Shows general facts, constant … Continue reading Grammar: Verb Tenses

International Reads: The Thing Around Your Neck

I tend to gravitate to stories about immigration or stories about people in different countries outside of the United States. After reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (which I absolutely loved), I needed to pick up another of her books. I found The Thing Around Your Neck at a local library. A collection of short stories that ties characters to Nigeria and the U.S. The first … Continue reading International Reads: The Thing Around Your Neck

Identifying with ESL or ELL: Knowing the Difference

Telling the difference between ESL and ELL could be difficult for some people. ESL was most commonly used in the past (especially when I was growing up), and ELL has become the term to use in recent times. ESL is the acronym for English as a Second Language. This was what I commonly knew as I was placed in ESL classes during my first three … Continue reading Identifying with ESL or ELL: Knowing the Difference