Month: January 2017

Part of what makes La Vida Scholars so unique is the participation of our students’ parents in Inversant’s Monthly Savings Circles, where they learn about college applications, financial aid forms, loans, and scholarships. The Roman Family, a third-year participant in our program and leader in our monthly meetings, caught up with us this past week and were able to answer some questions about their time in our program. Below is a short interview with Alba Roman, Jonathan’s mother.

 

How many children do you currently have in LVS?

We just have one, Jonathan Roman, graduating senior at Lynn English High School.

 

How did you first hear about LVS?

We first heard about LVS through Jonathan’s high school when he got nominated by his guidance counselor because of his good grades. We pushed for him to apply because we felt this was something that could be beneficial to him.

 

What stood out to you from the open house or information session you attended?

We understood right away what our son would be learning throughout his entire time in the program. He would be exposed to many things that would help him be a better person and successful in life.

 

Do you feel that being in the program you are more knowledgeable about the college process?

By going to the monthly Inversant meetings offered to the parents, we learned about the college application process, the importance of savings, and other tools we will be needing in the future when our other son is ready to go to college.

 

Has college become a common topic in your household?

Every time we get a chance, we talk to our two kids not just about the importance of college, but also about what it symbolizes: being prepared for success. We believe the way to do that is by getting a good education.

 

What are some hopes you have for your son’s future?

The hopes we have for our sons is for them to be independent people that bring good to society and for them to accomplish all of their dreams.

 

Jonathan Roman is a graduating senior in our program. He has applied to nine colleges and hopes to major in the math, science, or business fields. His top schools are USC in Los Angeles, CA and Columbia University in New York, NY. 

Currently a senior at Lynn English High School, Jose Perez joined LVS in September of 2014 and immediately impressed us with his confident and positive attitude. He was born in El Salvador and has been living in the U.S. for seven years.

 

He’s currently applying to 11 colleges and has already been accepted to a couple schools as an Early Action applicant! His top schools include University of Notre Dame and UMass-Lowell, as he is interested in the engineering, science, and math fields; however, he’s open to the liberal arts experience and wants to explore other subjects once he gets to campus. We caught up with him and asked him a couple questions, take a look below!

 

Please describe your perfect pizza.

Pepperoni, of course, and also chicken with pineapple.

 

Who is your hero? Why?

My entire family is my hero. My brother has helped me out throughout my high school experience and has helped me make better decisions, my parents have made sacrifices for me for which I am so thankful, and my sister has always been someone I can go to when everything gets too stressful and I just want to play video games.

 

If you were stranded on an island, what’s the one thing you would bring?

A water purifier!

 

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Blue, because it’s a calm color and I feel that deep down I am very calm. It’s also the color of El Salvador’s flag.

 

Why do you want to go to college?

I want to be independent and able to sustain myself financially. I hope to find a profession that I love doing and is stress-free. Another main reason is to make all the sacrifices my family made worthwhile. They really worked hard for me to have this opportunity.

 

Happy 2017! We’re so excited for this upcoming year, one of change and growth. We’ve revamped our website and hope to show you a little bit more about what happens at LVS by starting a weekly blog focusing on our students, alumni, families, and general updates.

 

Seniors
All of our seniors have applied to colleges and universities – 198 to be exact! They’ve applied to schools as close to home as Salem State University in Salem, MA and as far as Chapman University in Malibu, CA. Most of them applied to quite a few schools Early Action and have already received 17 acceptances total! Our very own Ismael Aquino (LCHS ‘17) has locked in a full-tuition Posse scholarship to Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. Pack your snowshoes, Ismael!

 

Juniors
Our Class of 2018 has worked hard over the past couple of months to plan out their summer before senior year. Some of the programs they’re applying to are LEDA Scholars, Noonan Scholars, and Yleana Leadership Academy. Just last week, we received word that eight of our juniors made it to the semi-finalist round of Noonan Scholars – congrats! The entire junior class is also currently working on the Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship, due in early February.

 

Sophomores
This year, we accepted 30 students into our sophomore class (10 more than our usual 20) due to a challenge grant we received over the summer. It’s allowed us to welcome more students into our program and help more families reach their goals of higher education. Our sophomores are also applying to the Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship, their first ever scholarship application!

 

We hope this blog gives you a chance to see the inner workings of our program, as well as get to know our amazing scholars. Below is a video of our 2016 Holiday Party, enjoy!