Fiduciary Trust Company International Supports Brooklyn Generation School Seniors' College and Career Process
On Tuesday, October 8th, volunteers from Fiduciary Trust Company International hosted thirteen Brooklyn Generation seniors and supported their efforts to refine their personal statements and complete their college application essays. Each professional paired up with a student, read their essay, asked clarifying questions, and helped them to tell their unique, personal story in a clear and compelling way. The Peak Readiness Event was timed just weeks before the students have to submit their college applications and personal essays, to ensure the students were ready to share and receive feedback, and best positioned to use the professional's feedback.
The time was transformational. As Mariah acknowledged "I didn't feel comfortable when we first got there. Everybody [who worked there] was dressed well and looked like they had nothing in common with me." Another student, Ellegance, added "I didn't know if I could trust them. How do I know if they care about my life? They didn't know me." Once the dozen or so employees joined the students, their bright smiles and effusive energy transformed the atmosphere of the room, from anxiety to engagement. Students who otherwise might have been disengaged from the college process now completely bought in to the possibility of going to and thriving in college. Students left with renewed hope and energy. "Everyone I met was so encouraging," Jessica beamed. "They made me feel like I could really succeed. I was hyped to go home to get started...I never wanted to rewrite an essay so badly before in my life."
Generation Schools Network appreciates the partnership with Fiduciary Trust Company International and thanks Amanda Vardi, Ema Gaubaite, and their colleagues for giving their time in such meaningful ways to support Brooklyn Generation Schools' students.