Harvard programs aim to boost youth for future success

first_imgEvery year, Harvard invites local high school students to participate in several initiatives that aim to set them up for future success. These initiatives range from encouraging college readiness and educational goal setting, like the The Crimson Summer Academy and Project Teach, to providing opportunities to develop real-world skills like the Summer Youth Employment program.Sahil Ahmed Sheikh, a 2019 alumnus of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and a 2018 graduate of the Crimson Summer Academy and 2018 participant in the Harvard Summer Youth Employment Program, wrote an account of his experiences during his summer at Harvard:My family immigrated to Cambridge from Bangladesh in 2008. My parents wanted to provide me with a better opportunity for success than they had when they were my age. My mom took on two part-time jobs, and my dad went back to school to earn his medical degree in the U.S., and I was busy going to school.I was considering a career in the field of computer science. At the time, I was not taking challenging classes to broaden my horizons. I always had the impression that in order for me to potentially get a job as a computer engineer, I needed to focus on — and excel at — only one subject.This way of thinking was altered in 7th grade, when I took part in Harvard’s Project Teach program. The program brings local students onto campus and teaches them about educational paths tailored to their individual interests. I participated in an engineering-based class, which allowed me to interact with professors and Harvard students. This experience gave me a much better perception of life in college and beyond, but I knew l still lacked the skills and work ethic to reach my career goals.Luckily, after my first year of high school, I was accepted by the Crimson Summer Academy — a pre-college program for low income students who spend three consecutive summers at Harvard, engaging in rigorous courses in a college-like environment. By participating in this program, I got the motivational boost I needed. I was surrounded by classmates and mentors who were highly motivated and ambitious. I was able to direct my attention toward biology, my hidden passion. Without the help of the Crimson Summer Academy, I would not be as prepared for the real world as I am today.Those two experiences led me to come back to Harvard, where I completed an internship. I was where I wanted and needed to be — in a professional environment where I was learning real life skills. My responsibilities included completing economic impact research, researching venture capital investments, data analysis, and more. The internship taught me responsibility, punctuality, and, most importantly, to seek help when needed.This year, I started at Clark University as a pre-med student. With my intent to fight for justice and my passion for biology, I have chosen to pursue a job in forensic science. The skills I acquired from this internship will be necessary to reach my goal.Prior to my arrival in the United States, my idea of the Western world was completely different. I had never even heard of the name Harvard, let alone thought I would spend time there. The time I spent at Harvard helped me to build vital skills that will assist my future.last_img read more

Wild horses are mating in the Outer Banks and experts warn of danger

first_img“This is a common occurrence among many raptor species,” the agency said. According to the National Eagle Center, eagles can eat up to 1/3 of their own body weight in food. Rescuers rushed to help an injured bald eagle in Tennessee, then discovered it just ate too much “I kind of dominated the match if I’m being honest,” Fitch told WGHP. “I’m just glad I can be a role model for people younger than me and it’s so insane to be inspiring to others. To think that others look up to me is kind of crazy.”  It is illegal to come within 50 feet of the wild horses, “but fighting stallions don’t always respect boundaries,” notes The Charlotte Observer. Experts told McClatchy News in 2019 that fights between horses can erupt without warning and last for 15 minutes or more. North Carolina girl wrestler beats boys to take home state championship Senior wrestler Heaven Fitch is the first girl to win a North Carolina High School Athletic Association individual wresting state championship. Fitch, a student at Uwharrie Charter High School in Asheboro, beat Luke Wilson of Robbinsville to earn the 106-pound weight class championship. Last year, Fitch placed fourth in state as a junior. Wild horses are mating in the Outer Banks and experts warn of danger When a good Samaritan found an “injured” bald eagle in the woods near Bulls Gap in Tennessee and called the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to report it, officers rushed to the animal’s aid. According to a Facebook post by the agency, officers then “found the eagle in the woods near a road with no apparent injuries and very mobile.” They caught the bird and inspected it, concluding that it had recently eaten so much that it was temporarily unable to create enough lift to take flight. February is mating season for wild horses in the Outer Banks and visitors are asked to give the horses a wide berth. The horses can be unpredictable and dangerous this time of year, especially the fighting stallions that compete for territory and mares while, “throwing punches like boxers and biting,” says The Charlotte Observer. last_img read more