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Success Stories 2017-03-30T14:57:00+00:00

Notes from a Coach: Alison Simons

The success of students that pass through Let’s Get Ready’s College Access Programs is well-documented, but our Coaches also gain from being peer-to-peer mentors. Alison Simon, an Access Coach at Barnard College, recently wrote in [...]

Haby Gadio

Haby Gadio, a student and Let’s Get Ready Site Director at Barnard College, is a natural leader and high-achiever, with her eyes set on a career in helping others as part of a nonprofit [...]

Tanvir Shahjahan

Tanvir Shahjahan is fundamentally devoted to the concept of education. At Colby College in Waterville, Maine, he majors in biology while triple-minoring in neuroscience, sociology, and managerial economics. “As stereotypical as it sounds, I [...]

Luisanna Villa

For Luisanna Villa, high school was “a stepping stone for bigger and better things.” Her parents had not gone to college, but they instilled an “education first” attitude in their household. During her sophomore [...]

Video: Cinthia Ibarra

For a young adult, learning to overcome one’s fears can seem impossible. Cinthia Ibarra found support from Let’s Get Ready and used it to achieve her lifelong quest to rise above her circumstances and ultimately go [...]

Andrea Magaña

Standing between Andrea Magaña and her college dreams were some extremely tough obstacles. Her family moved to New Rochelle from Mexico after she was born; neither of her parents had gone to college, and finances [...]

Rebeca Lafond

As a child, Rebeca Lafond was aware of the hardships faced by her parents, both Haitian immigrants with limited English proficiency. She figured out early on that going to college would unlock the path to [...]

Linda Kugblenu

Linda Kugblenu graduated from Bates College in 2013 with a double major in Politics and Rhetoric. Against great odds, Linda was one of only 30 chosen out of over 1,000 applicants to work as Business [...]

Overcoming the Confidence Hurdle

Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” But believing you can is easier said than done without the tools to build confidence, especially when it comes to applying to and entering [...]

Video: Carlos’ Story

via Youtube, video by Ogilvy & Mather Transliteration of “Carlos Tifa”, published in El Diario on April 28, 2015. Carlos Tifa, a young Puerto Rican-Dominican from the Bronx, decided to take action when he [...]

A Coach Goes Above and Beyond

by James Benedict Last summer I joined Let’s Get Ready as a Math Coach at the Lowell, Massachusetts site. I got involved through the Raytheon Internship Program and am extremely happy that I decided to [...]

Video: Amrika’s Story

Amrika is the epitome of determination. Proud to be a building super's daughter, she knew getting an education was crucial to changing her life. She tells a moving story about growing up in Washington [...]

Natalie Saldana

Natalie Saldana reflects on the day she left for college. “My parents were excited and proud of my decision to continue on with my education, and I felt prepared.” Now an alumnus of Hamilton College, [...]

Success Stories: Richard Jimenez

During the summer of 2009, when Richard Jimenez was a rising high school senior, his sister Elizabeth was selected to be a Let’s Get Ready Site Director. Having gone through the College Access Program herself, [...]

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