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Back 2 School 2020

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BACK 2 SCHOOL 2020

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Tatyana’s Story

Tatyana (FG14) loves nature and for over 3 years has interned with the National Park Service and Golden Gate Conservancy doing plant restoration, supervising younger program participants, and coordinating a weeklong trip for restoration at Yosemite.

Tatyana was choosing between Boston University, Lehigh and the University of Puget Sound (UPS), and chose UPS because being in a rural area will be beneficial to her environmental and science studies.

“I wouldn’t be going where I’m going if it wasn’t for the help of First Graduate,” says Tatyana. “My family didn’t have resources for tutoring or submitting applications to 8 schools. With FG covering 4 and my counselor helping with 2, it makes a huge difference. Kids who don’t have the resources can easily feel down. I had no excuses for not applying.”

Tatyana extends the help she gives beyond plants as well. The information she gets from FG, she shares with her friends. When it came to college decisions, her friends were lost because they didn’t have college tours. Tatyana was there to share tips from FG and support her peers.

As Tatyana embarks on the next phase of her journey, she has some concerns. As a member of Posse, she’s worried that people will perceive her as someone who got an “athletic scholarship but for leadership.” At the same time, Tatyana proclaims, “I’ve earned my spot here just like everyone else.” She’s doing Khan Academy now and taking calculus since they didn’t have calculus at Leadership High School. “I’m trying to prepare myself as much as I can.”

Even with these challenges, Tatyana is excited about studying abroad in a UPS program that has her visiting 7 countries in Asia (once it’s safe). She’s also excited for independence and the chance to find her path and her way in the world. One thing she is not excited about is having a twin mattress after a lifetime of sleeping on a queen bed.

Tatyana

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