Thursday, December 1, 2011

November Enrichments With MDC Honor College Students

Miami-Dade College professor, Alex Salinas, has had a long standing relationship with the Dreamers. He has known them since they were in first grade and has always enlisted the help of his college students to work with the Dreamers on various engaging activities and the month of November was no different.

For three days in November, students from MDC's Honors College at Inter-American Campus decided to have a series of enrichments entitled "College Advice from ACTUAL College Students."

Professor Salinas addresses a group of 32 Dreamers

November 2 2011: Day One
The first day was great! It began with the icebreaker "Connect." One person begins the game by standing up and stating their name and sharing something about themselves, such as hobby or favorite food. People in the audience are then suppose to shout "connect," run up, and link arms with the person standing if they share something in common. It was a nice way to introduce everyone and share something unique. A short presentation was then given by student Leana Ramos about the college experience and the requirements for getting into college. Topics mentioned were: having a high GPA; using your interests and hobbies to help decide on a major; and study habits. Very important information! The first day ended with another icebreaker "Agree/Disagree", in which students moved to opposites ends of the room to show their approval or disapproval for certain issues/questions. Some questions asked were: will money solve all problems? is age a factor in wisdom? This icebreaker sparked great conversation among the Dreamers.
November 23 2011: Day Two

For the first activity, Dreamers divided into three groups. The task was to build a tower using note cards. The catch: Dreamers had to use ONE hand and NO talking was allowed. For 10 minutes the room was completely quiet while Dreamers worked on the task, which was very funny to watch! Dreamers Estrella, Precious, & Jaimesha said "creativity", "eye contact", and "team work" were necessary to complete the task. Well done ladies!!

The day ended with the Dreamers breaking up into small interest groups: arts, law enforcement, engineering, medical, psychology, and business. Each group was headed by one or two college students who were able to answer questions about those majors. Dreamers we very engaged. They were speaking to people who are actually majoring in the same thing they want to do in college.

The artistic group
Our future engineers :)

November 30 2011: Day Three

The MDC students welcomed Dreamers with Chinese food! For this day, Dreamers were asked to showcase a talent. As such, Myeisha, Emanuella, Jamee, and Jaimesha performed a dance for the entire group :) The day ended with a one of the college students showcasing his karate skills...he is a black belt!!

Ladies, you made Cristian Mena very happy!
Awesome karate skills...wished I videotaped it instead

Professor Salinas' lesson: "The words 'thank you' and 'thought' are cousins. To say 'thank you' means to 'have you in my thoughts'." Throughout the three days that the MDC students worked with the Dreamers, they always began each day by saying "thank you." Thanks to professor Salinas' lesson, those common words take on a new meaning.

A very special thank you to Professor Salinas, Professor Gonzalez, Dr. Feignbaum, Persaud Dharam, & ALL the Honor College students who came to spend time with the Dreamers. The Dreamers have been on numerous college tours, but through the November enrichments, you allowed them to view the college experience through a different lens. We will always have you in our thoughts too!!

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