‘If I get a college education,
I can help more people. If I’m already
speaking Spanish and English,
I can be a change agent in some way.’
DAN SEARS ’ 74
high school senior
performance studies at NYU, Harvey also
works in student affairs there, helping other
students adjust to university life. One of his
younger brothers is a senior at North Carolina A&T and the other, an eighth-grader,
knows college is an option for him.
Jakelin Bonilla, who is just about to
embark on her college career, said she
plans to study political science and work
on policy issues that affect Latinos.
“If I get a college education, I can help
more people,” she said. “If I’m already
speaking Spanish and English, I can be a
change agent in some way.”
She also hopes that her two younger
brothers, now 15 and 16, and her younger
Peter Kaufman, right, started the Scholars Latino Initiative to help guide students such as Jakelin
Bonilla, who attends Jordan-Matthews. But he’s taking it to the University of Richmond, a private
school that will help with financial aid regardless of immigration status.
sister, 13, will follow her to college.
“When I see them online looking up
universities,” she said, “I’m like,‘You go!’”
KATHLEEN KEARNS is a freelance writer in
We asked alumni to talk about their
experiences as the first in their families to
attend college.Your recollections are in this
issue’s Class Quotes section, page 84, and
online on the GAA’s message board at
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