Sunday, August 1, 2010

Note to Readers

Dear Readers,

I had the pleasure to work with 18 amazing students this July. One goal of my internship with the Al-Imtiaz Academy was to introduce “blogging”, a new form of online communication, to the students. After long lessons on figurative language, what makes good writing, essay structure, and the writing process, these students successfully posted their writings on this blog.

As I taught these students—some days without electricity!—I was impressed by their commitment and dedication to learning. These students sacrificed their summer vacation to come learn with me. Moreover, they arrived to school through their own means of transportation. In scorching hot weather or flood-like, heavy rain (monsoon season has begun), these students showed up every day with notebooks in their hands, ready to learn.

Working one-on-one with these students gave me the opportunity to learn about them through their writings. But even more so, it gave me a chance to learn about their daily lives, their families, and their future aspirations. In every single student, I saw a strong yearning to be successful. These students have a lot of potential and promise, and I have no doubt that they will leave a lasting mark on the world.

I hope you enjoy reading their essays; they have worked very hard on them. As you read through them, keep in mind that English is the students' second language. As such, please do forgive them for any grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.

With best wishes,
Ms. Mariya Ilyas
Bowdoin College ‘13