Three years ago, Geraldine wasn’t sure what to expect. She had just moved from Haiti to New York to live with her father and then to Boston to live with her aunt.
She struggled to make the adjustment at TechBoston Academy, “I did not speak any English at all. I was depressed because I failed three of my classes and in Haiti I never failed classes! I’m always on top of my game and that was a big shock for me.”
Geraldine rose to this challenge with an inspiring combination of hard work and determination. She worked tirelessly, seeking out extra help from teachers and teaching herself how to use the library and internet.
By her junior year, Geraldine was back on her game. An A student who played on the soccer team, took classes at a nearby community college, and worked at the Boston College dining hall.
“As I am getting in higher classes, I hear about college, I want to go to college, but I don’t know how the process works.” She explains that, “[At home] we don’t really talk about college. I have to be responsible for that, especially since my parents did not go to school in the United States.”
It was only when Kristin, her uAspire advisor, came to her class that Gerladine also began to wonder “how am I going to pay for college?”