As we are getting close to the end of this semester, I want to reflect on some key moments of our after school drop-in and how things have progressed. First of all, there is nothing more that I enjoy than to see the excitement of our students as they enter the door to Building Twentyone as soon as they get dropped off by the bus; and that is just what I see each day. Our days have been filled with enjoyment, laughter, kindness, and most importantly, schoolwork. As the semester went by, I have seen a tremendous improvement on the amount of students choosing to do their homework, as we encourage them to do each day, because they have realized that we are all here to help them in any way they need it.
A huge key aspect to Building Twentyone that I have noticed an improvement on is attitude. When I started my internship here in August and was just getting to know the students, we had a couple incidents with bad attitudes that needed to be solved right away, since we are a complete positive atmosphere. Ben, Ms. Troitsky, our volunteers, and myself have been solving these issues throughout the course of the semester and I have noticed a big difference in our students, in terms of getting along with each other and coming together to help each other out. In fact, we had two “enemies” that both showed up to b21 at the beginning of the school year. As the days passed and by them spending more and more time with each other they realized that it is more important to work as a team versus hold anger and grudges towards one another. With the rest of the students seeing that, it makes the building a happier place and it sticks inside their heads that it is easier to achieve goals and get farther in life with the support of others who are in the same situation that they are in. That is exactly what Building Twentyone is- to help build each other up and engage with each other to help become successful.
I am in the process of completing one-on-one meetings with each student individually. This gives me a chance to talk to everyone in private and truly get to know him or her on a more personal level as well as understanding their future goals and how I can help them achieve. It has truly been a pleasure getting to supervise such a great group of students, as each and every one of them are great kids and have such brilliant potential. This semester was a great one and I hope for an even better one next semester!
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