Saturday, August 18, 2012

From the Parents of Narges Sahibzada

I had originally heard about this program from my daughter, Narges. When she first told me about the Ivy League Connection, I must admit that I was rather skeptical of it; it was hard for me to believe that such a program to help our kids and their future endeavors existed. However, by attending the various meetings and dinners I found out about the greatness of this program. I was happy to discover that the group of students that were selected to participate in this program were all very diverse and all from different religions and ethnicities. This entire program is a reflection of how much this district cares for our kids.

Upon talking to Narges after her return, I noticed how much she grew from visiting all the different universities and talking to different students from all parts of the country. She seemed much more certain of her decisions for her future after she came back. My wife and I are very thankful to all those who made this opportunity possible for our daughter.

Mohammad and Nasima Sahibzada

From the Mother of Yessenia Reyna

Hacer Cosas Yo No Pude Hacer; To Do Things I Was Never Able To Do

I remember that cold winter day when my daughter came to me with this incredulous idea. She told me about this program called the Ivy League Connection where they send students to study over at the east coast for the summer. It sounded really nice and all, but I wasn’t too trusting of the whole thing. How could I possibly trust them with my eldest daughter for a whole month? I was about to not let her do this when I realized how great this opportunity could be for my daughter. In the end, I didn’t want to take this amazing opportunity away and stop her from moving forward. Although I was still worried, I agreed to allow my daughter to try and do these things I was never able to do as a teenager. Once she told me she got accepted, my heart filled with so much joy. All the hard work she put in those essays and interview finally paid off and now she would be leaving for an entire month to go to Nashville.

Before she actually left however, the ILC had this plan to let me get more familiar with the people involved, which would help me trust them more. They had several meetings I attended which showed me exactly what would be happening during those 4 weeks. Everyone kindly explained this to me in detail and in a way a worried mother would understand. I also got to meet and talk to my daughter’s chaperone during one of these meetings. At first I was a little surprised to see how many tattoos he had on his arms, but after meeting with him and talking with him several times, I could see that he was the best chaperone possible, and I really wouldn’t have asked for a better one.

Finally, the time came for her departure. Seeing her leave, it really felt as if she was leaving for a year of college. You could say that it prepared me for what is to come in a few years. Overall, this program has made me become more open to letting my daughter leave home. Even though the idea of your first child leaving home scares most mothers like me, I know that this is what life is about. Your child needs to experience life for themselves when they go off to college.

I would like to take the time to thank the Ivy League Connection for all that they have done for my daughter. Thanks to the ILC, I have finally opened my eyes to see the wonderful opportunities that are out there for her and a bunch of other students as well. Even now, it is still hard to imagine a program like this exists for the students of this district. It is absolutely amazing to think of how much work is put into this program and I hope it grows from here.

Thank you,
Dora Reyna

From the Mother of Chris Han

“A Divine Connection”

I thank all of the adults involved for their gifts and generosity.
I thank them all for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

How has the Ivy League Connection affected me?
The experience has been excellent and extraordinary.
To witness and to see how it has transformed Christopher and me,
I will be forever grateful, for eternity.

He has grown more in maturity,
I have no doubt he can handle the freedom, with the responsibility.
I do not need to fear,
If he decides to attend college far from here.
Because, I know I am in his heart, no matter where.

I thank all the caring adults in this program,
Because of God and His angels
You were able to be a part of something very special.

The opportunities and choices, there is no limit,
You may not know it, or even realize it yet,
But, I expect, God to show us all,
‘How Much Better Can This Get?’

I am proud of what Christopher has accomplished,
And whatever he decides to do, or whoever he becomes,
I will always cherish.
For all I desire is for him to be happy and at peace,
May this always be my heart-felt and sacred wish

I will always be a part of him, and he will always be a part of me,
And I hope when people see us together, they will ask us,
“Why are you so happy?”

Then, I can answer with all sincerity and honesty,
“Because of the Ivy League Connection,
We both have bonded with the most divine connection,
And it has helped both of us be....
Who we were born to be!”

By: Jade Jeong
(Christopher’s Mom)