Today’s Class: February 15, 2019

Today’s guest was Nan Quinlan,

a senior career consultant at Transition Solutions and the former Training and Development Manager at TACO Inc, a multi-million dollar, international company in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Today’s host was Arthur Bonga.

Today’s conversation focused on best practices for a successful job interview.

Arthur Bonga welcomes Nan Quinlan back to Hope High and, from Nan’s reaction, Arthur does a great job making Nan feel comfortable before the start of today’s class outside the classroom.

Arthur introduces Nan to his classmates at the start of today’s class.

Today’s Homework: February 15, 2019

  1.  Please imagine you have just finished a job interview at a real company you want to work for and a job position you are really interested in.    We spoke today about the importance of a ‘follow up’ email to the person in the company you interviewed with.  Please compose a ‘follow up’ email to the person you interviewed with.  You can make up a name for this person who interviewed you but reference the company by its real name in your email.   PLEASE REMEMBER THE IMPORTANCE OF  PROPER GRAMMAR, PERFECT SPELLING AND PUNCTUATION IN THIS ‘FOLLOW UP’ CORRESPONDENCE.  Then, send this letter to my email address as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday, February 20.
  2. For those of you who wish to ‘follow up’ with Nan Quinlan at any time to say ‘thank you’, or a request for advice or feedback, here is Nan’s email address –

Today’s Class: February 8, 2019

Today’s guest was Omar Reyes, Assistant Director of Admissions at Rhode Island College.

Accompanying Mr Reyes were two Rhode Island College students, Olimpia Aldana and Alexa Estrada.   Today’s Life Skills hosts charged with welcoming Mr Reyes, Olimpia and Alexa were Arthur Bonga, Aaron Chy, and Isabella Caraballo to Hope High School and the Life Skills class.

Admissions Director Omar Reyes (back right) with his team prior to today’s class as Arthur Bonga (lower left white jacket), Isabella Caraballo (directly across from Arthur) and Aaron Chy (standing to the left of Director Omar Reyes).

Arthur, Aaron and Isabella introduce Director Reyes, Alexa and Olimpia to the Life Skills students to start today’s class.

Today’s Homework: February 8, 2019

  1.  Have you heard the expression  – bucket list?   It usually refers to a list of things someone wants to do before the day they “kick the bucket“; “kicking the bucket” is a  euphemism for dying.  Webster’s Dictionary defines this expression as “a list of things a person wants to achieve or experience before reaching a certain age or dying”.   Some people list experiences like “skydiving“, “dining at the Capital Grille“, “learning how to dance the Tango“, or “going to a  Daddy Yankee concert” before kicking the bucket. Hopefully, you get the idea of what this expression means.  This week’s homework WILL NOT BE FOR YOU TO CREATE YOUR BUCKET LIST.   Instead, I’d like you to create a REVERSE BUCKET LIST.  In other words, I am asking you to create a list of experiences you’ve already experienced which have brought you the greatest joy and sense of accomplishment in your life to date.  It could be something you did which you are extremely proud of.  Could be a goal you set or a dream you had which you came to realize or accomplish.   Look at this list in a positive way.  The things on this REVERSE BUCKET LIST have made you very happy, even have made your more confident and increased your self esteem.   YOU CAN LIST AS MANY THINGS ON THIS LIST YOU WISH.  PLEASE PRIORITIZE THE LIST, in other words, what you list as #1 is the thing which has made you feel the best.   Thank you.  BTW – I got this idea from “Breathe Magazine“, page 9; the author was Carol Ann Strange.

Today’s Class: February 1, 2019

Today’s guest was Vannessa Ramirez,

Hope Life Skills alum, Hope High School 2010 graduate and presently the Community Relations Chairwoman at Millennial Rhode Island and Good Fund Loan Officer.  Today’s Hope

Life Skills host was Khadiatou Njie.

Khadiatou (left) welcomes Vannessa back to Hope High School prior to the start of today’s class.

Khadiatou introduces Vannessa to her classmates at the start of today’s class

Today’s Homework: February 1, 2019

1. Watch this video, please.  The rest of this assignment is meant to have you pause, think, reflect, hopefully, arouse your curiosity, stimulate creative thinking, maybe even cause you to collaborate with a smart person you know, in order to reinforce the lessons of our FUTURE FORUM, i.e. technology, specifically artificial intelligence (AI), will continue to have an increasing impact on the jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in our future. The challenge, hopefully the excitement, for us all will be how we exploit, take advantage of, the capabilities of technology for our exciting career and/or entrepreneurial opportunities.

2.  Please tell me if you could ever see your self working on a farm like the one in this video.   YES or NO.  Then, tell me why.

3.  Please tell me if you could imagine a company you start, or work for, where you would work closely with AI (artificial intelligent) technology: robots, androids, drones, computers, computer programs, on-line portals like Amazon, etc.   YES or NO.   If you answer “no“, please tell me why you would not like to work at a company which uses artificial intelligent technology.   If you answer “yes, please briefly describe the company you would like to start or work for which uses some form of AI.    Please send your WELL WRITTEN email answer to me with PERFECT SPELLING, SHORT SENTENCES, correct PUNCTUATION (periods, commas, etc) and grammar as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday, February 6, 2019.     Please notethis assignment is not about identifying something which is probable.  It’s about identifying something which might be possible!!!!!   I look forward to reading your answer. Thank you.


THE NEXT VIDEO IS NOT PART OF THE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT.  I’VE INCLUDED IT BECAUSE I thought some of you would be interested in watching this conversation between a human, named Carlos, and Sophia, the AI humanoid robot we observed at the FUTURE FORUM . Sophia is teaching Carlos how to meditate. After the ‘greet and meet‘ and the start of Sophia’s instruction, most of the video is silent as you observe Carlos and Sophia meditating. However, don’t miss the end of the video when Sophia brings Carlos out of his meditation. Interesting? Unnerving? Weird? Sad? Was Sophia disappointed Carlos had to leave? Human tendencies? What do you think?  BY THE WAY, the company which created Sophia, Hanson Robotics, has created 9 robot humanoid “siblings” of Sophia named Alice, Albert Einstein Hubo, BINA48, Han, Jules, Professor Einstein, Philip K. Dick Android, Zeno, and Joey Chaos.

Today’s Class: January 25, 2019

Paola Varella (left) welcomes Jane Bermont back to Hope High School prior to the start of today’s Hope Life Skills class.

Today’s guest was

Jane Bermont, the President of Hope High Dollars for Scholars,

an organizations committed to help Hope High School students with college scholarships.  Our host today was Paola Varella.

Paola leads Jane Bermont into today’s Life Skills class to meet her fellow students.

Paola introduces Mrs Bermont to her classmates to begin today’s class.  There’s nothing like a smile to make guests feel welcomed.   Great job, Paola.

Today’s Homework: January 18, 2018

Pick a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday over the next two weeks and record what you do each day on the time management survey I passed out in class. It will be interesting to see if your daily actions support your PERSONAL PRIORITIES.

1. The purpose of this assignment is for YOU to collect some credible (truthful) data to analyze so you can get better than you are now simply by using ‘time’ more efficiently, more effectively. Your use of one of your most valuable resources, TIME, to maximize/develop your MANY talents will create more opportunities to be the successful person you want to be.  Seguro!!! Please hand in your ‘time management‘ schedule to me at the beginning of our FEBRUARY 1st class.  Thank you.   I hope you find this ‘time management’ activity helpful to make sure you use your time wisely to support your personal priorities and be the successful person you aspire to be.

Today’s Class: January 18, 2019

Today’s topic of conversation was about

the importance and strategy for optimizing talent;

in other words, getting the most out of our abilities and opportunities.  To do this,

we began by gathering data about each student

in a Life Skills survey.  We then

analyzed the data

we collected from each student. Next, we

made a decision about the credibility of the data.

Is the data credible?  Do we believe the data is truthful? Can we trust the data to make important decisions?

Our class discussion

transitioned to examine some of the resources available to each student to maximize their potential

in order to be the best they can be, to be the successful person each student aspires to be.

One of the resources we examined was ‘time‘,

that is, the ‘time’ each student has each day to use wisely to be the best they can be.

If we claim we have priorities in our lives, then we need to make sure we dedicate time each week to support and care for these priorities.

Today’s Homework: January 11, 2019

  1.  If you had to share your perception of the ‘Abby Almonte brand‘ after meeting her for the first time in today’s class, what would it be?  Please describe your perception of Abby’s personal brand in a well written statement with perfect spelling and grammar, short sentences with spot on punctuation (commas, periods) and send it to my email address by Tuesday evening, January 15.