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English 103

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Step One:

  • What are some hardships Jamaican immigrants have with adopting to the American Culture and being successful?
  • Even though u learn and probably have all the knowledge for a certain career you still have to go through the process we have here in America , for example , having your high school diploma , a certain amount of college credits and experience.
  • How many Immigrants who come here are financially stable and living the American dream?
  • Why don’t they have the same opportunity as us Americans do if they are in America but got their education in their country?


Step two:

You believe all the struggles and hardships faced by immigrants would be resolve when they come to American, however, that’s wrong they are face with many barriers even when they are here. For example, securing work is a big one because they need money to live a successful life.

  • Undocumented immigrants who face additional challenges securing work, trouble speaking English is a major problem in working positions.
  • Employers typically prefer work experience within the US, and certifications outside of the US don’t transfer.

 Immigrants who are educated and who formerly had strong jobs back home, are having a hard time finding a job here.

  • Securing a place to live
  • Having a low paying job and trying to secure a place to stay is impossible for immigrants
  • They live pay check to pay check
  • Minimum income


Raising their children to helping them succeed in school .

  • Education here is very different from those in other countries
  • Hardship learning English
  • Getting health care services.
  • Having to pay to see a doctor


Undocumented immigrants have an especially difficult time accessing services, because they are afraid of being deported.

Narrative (Kymberly Gurdon)

Throughout my childhood I have had many educational memories. My first educational memories took place in elementary school q135. However, the earliest one i could remember was back in kindergarten with my teacher Ms.James. Ms. James was one of my favorite teachers she taught me how to write my letters perfectly and she was really patient with us. Also , i could still remember when she was teaching us how to add one digit numbers she gave us starburst and had us counting them in a way we could put it together and add. After we will get to eat them.

I also remember in 5th grade close to graduation my teacher ms. Sarwee was an algebra teacher she was teaching us how to multiply big numbers to help prepare us for middle school. That class i remember because it was challenging for me it was a advance class. Even though it was challenging my teacher still made it entertaining and great learning experience i’ll never forget.

Going into middle school that’s when the experiences really started . the classes become challenging, the teacher become harder, and so did the work. I’ll never forget my social studies advance class with Mr.donor that class was really difficult he gave us several quizzes each day. However, it all paid off in the end because when i got to highschool i felt prepared and confident going into world history because of Mr.Donor i got one of the highest grades on my Global regents and ended up with a high grade in that class.

Honestly highschool for me wasn’t really challenging i was well prepared from overcoming my hardships in middle school. I felt like what others were struggling with i was already prepared. The only thing i struggled with was AP trig, other than that highschool was a breeze. Now in college ive been doing good so far with the classes that ive been given . I learned that in college so far studying is key to success.

My Educational Narrative

Jonathan Castiblanco

Dr. Kitana Ananda

Educational Narrative

My earliest memory of learning, would have to be roughly in the first grade. I remember learning different words and how sentences go together. The early introduction to making sentences/structures is what sparked my creativity for reading – but not only reading, I immersed myself in all educational topics, I discovered at an early age to appreciate what I read , despite of its content. I vividly remember travelling around New York in train and bus and seeing posters and ads and reading all of them. Even if they did not make sense.

My education was based in New York City – all public school. From kindergarten to senior year of high school, I have learned that public institutions, no matter how much people berate it, have significance and importance in so many people’s lives – including my own. Aside from having traditional public institution education (i.e., public elementary and HS as well as college), I have also gotten education in the military. I spent 5 years in the military, learning everyday new procedures and laws pertaining to what my career goal was. I have assisted in times of high stress, as a translator/linguist, during drug busts, migrant interdictions and search and rescue cases.

One particular instance of learning something outside the classroom is how to translate and interpret on the spot. Growing up, I never took any spanish classes, all the spanish I know I learned at home (Colombian mother)  and with friends (multi-latino). Having the opportunity of being exposed to these languages at an early age, gave me the upper hand when choosing what I wanted to do with myself in the military. During times of high stress, being an asset to case, one has to be specifically mindful of words and sentences employed. The translation has to seamlessly be integrated verbatim and there has to be mutual understanding between both sides of the translated conversation, in order to avoid confusion and to make sure there is clarity between both parties. In most cases, this goes well – in others, there are words that can’t really be changed to english, due to the nature of the spanish language.  

Certain things are “lost in translation”. I use this term because there are instances where finding the appropriate conduit for language can be particularly grueling, a seemingly impossible task, where words are stuck “on the tip of the tongue”, once you  add a drug bust scenario where there are men dumping kilos of cocaine over the side of the getaway vehicle as you chase them, you are at a loss for words momentarily, but you refocus your attention to the task at hand: conveying the message clearly.

Educational Narrative (Kai Nedd)

Kai Nedd

Eng 103

Ananda Kinata

                                Educational Background 


   Growing up, my parents were very strict in terms of education. They placed me in a private school in Harlem by the name of The Children’s Storefront Academy. I attended “Storefront” from pre-k to 8th grade and I will say that being in that learning institution instilled certain values in me I am thankful to have. Academically my educational upbringing played a huge part into my transition from a small child to a young adult. Being that my parents were pretty big on education and my mother acted as another tutor/teacher at home I felt as though in certain subjects I was more than efficient. That all changed however when I noticed that my difficulty in math started to not only affect my ability to keep up but it affected my esteem as well. While the others in my class were speeding by and through math problems I was stuck on the first problem, frustrated because I couldn’t get through it. I remembered in third grade my teacher at the time sitting down with both my parents and I. She said and I quote, “Mr. and Mrs. Nedd Kai’s reading comprehension is extremely well, her ability to read 4th grade and 5th grade books are amazing. However, she is struggling in math.” I could feel my cheeks heat up almost instantly because I knew this was going to come up. I began to fidget with my fingers and play with the twists in my hair. I just knew something negative was going to follow that statement. With my parents undivided attention on my teacher I tried my hardest to finagle out of my seat to the restroom but was proven unsuccessful after being told no.

“I feel as though Kai, should repeat the 3rd grade seeing as those her standard test scores for math were extremely low.” I watched as she gave each of my parents a copy of my testing scores while I cringed on the inside. I could feel the tears surface at the brim of my eyes and I wanted to do now was run and cry. I wanted to curl up in my dad’s arms and cry my eyes out. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that way before that time. So, they continued to talk while I tuned them out, Finally, leaving the meeting and heading to dinner my parents had the discussion with me. They were soft, gentle and understanding in terms of their approach which made accepting me having to repeat the third grade again somewhat easier. While I worked on getting stronger with that subject my reading and writing improved immensely. Before you knew it, I was in the 7th grade reading some of the most profound readings with my favorite teacher, Ms. Cardwell. She took so much pride in not only teaching us about literature and language enrichment, however she took in pride in teaching us about our culture as well.

I remember analyzing “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison my absolute favorite author, and Ms. Cardwell making us critically think and break down each character starting with the complex one of all, Pecola Breedlove. At the time immaturity crept in and I was a tad bit annoyed but now that I think back to that moment, that made me the person I am today and I’m thankful for that.

If I hadn’t experienced what I experienced then I wouldn’t be in that place I’m in academically now. I wouldn’t have the skills to endure hard work and night-long studying. All of those experiences from my childhood made me stronger today.


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