Success articles

//Success articles

Tanvir Shahjahan

 UPDATE: As of May 2018, Tanvir has graduated from Colby. He continues to serve as a mentor through Americorps and Legal Outreach.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 [...]

2019-01-03T12:32:42-04:00July 14, 2017|

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 year, Luisanna had the realization that she needed to start working towards college. “I was able to go from a [...]

2018-01-25T14:13:35-04:00June 12, 2017|

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 to college.   Cinthia’s journey began twelve years ago when she boarded a plane to New York City from her native [...]

2018-08-16T15:10:19-04:00May 25, 2017|

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 put private SAT tutors out of the equation. But Andrea understood that secondary education would be key to a prosperous [...]

2019-01-02T13:50:02-04:00May 11, 2017|

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 success, and with her family’s encouragement she pursued higher education with a steely resolve. “I watched my parents growing up [...]

2018-01-25T14:16:17-04:00May 11, 2017|

Linda Kugblenu

Linda Kugblenu Linda Kugblenu graduated from Bates College in 2013 with a double major in Politics and Rhetoric. Upon graduation, she was one of only 30 chosen out of over 1,000 applicants to work as Business Development Manager for an ed-tech company as well as consult with a Mumbai microfinance company. Very [...]

2018-01-25T14:17:17-04:00November 25, 2016|

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 into college. Luckily, first-generation Brown University student Donald Brennan received this confidence and more—“true grit” he calls it—from Let’s Get Ready in [...]

2018-01-25T14:18:35-04:00October 14, 2016|

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 found out that his high school would not prepare him to get into college. In his search for SAT help [...]

2018-08-16T15:13:39-04:00April 28, 2016|

The True Meaning of “Students Helping Students”

by Betty Monsanto I remember sitting in my freshmen dorm room watching my parents leave. An overwhelming feeling of anxiety came over me as I analyzed my new surroundings. I had worked incredibly hard in both my preparation for the SATs and research on college admissions. Alone, I had tackled the unfamiliar topics of [...]

2018-01-25T14:20:39-04:00March 29, 2016|

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 take part in the program.  I have seen first-hand that these students are talented and motivated to do well. At [...]

2018-01-25T14:21:34-04:00August 18, 2015|