Salyna Rae Anza and Laura Reales. Salyna from the town of Northborough in Massachusetts and Laura from the country of Columbia in South America. Two successful students enrolled in Suffolk University’s Entrepreneurial Studies program came to Hope High today to
share their stories of ‘change’, ‘risk’, and ‘entrepreneurship’
the ‘perseverance’ and ‘hard work’ each requires.
Our Life Skills class hosts were Jennifer Quenes and Aileen Rodriguez Jimenez.
Laura began today’s conversation. “My transition to Boston from Columbia wasn’t easy. It was cold! And, I didn’t know anyone. Initially, the people in Boston seemed distant. I really had to push myself out of my comfort zone to meet new people…..Now, Salyna and I are best friends……And
I work very hard to get good grades;
I only got two hours of sleep last night……“.
Salyna’s story was slightly different. “My path to Suffolk was longer. I didn’t do well in high school. I decided to go to community college to focus on my studies after high school. I then worked hard to achieve my academic goals. My grades were so good that Suffolk University gave me a full scholarship. Like Laura, I am in the Entrepreneurship program. I continue to studying long hours as well as having a job. College is a great experience. I’m glad I chose Suffolk”.
Laura and Salyna continued their stories about their families and the fact both women are the first to go to college from their families. Our conversation also turned to respect and the
importance of being ‘on time‘.
“We left this morning at 4:30am to come to Hope High. We got here early, around 6:30am, so we had breakfast at the Wayland Diner before coming to Hope…… I hate being late. It’s a sign of disrespect. Whenever you’re late, it essentially says to the person you’re meeting ‘your time is not important’. Being late doesn’t help your brand and certainly doesn’t help you get or keep the job you want” Salyna concluded.
Today’s class concluded with our usual networking session at the end of class and the hope of reconnecting with both Salyna and Laura in the near future.