First Niagara Intern Blog Post – Jailene

Name: Jailene Garzon

Hometown: West Haven

College and Major: Gateway Community College, Graphic Design

Clubs: Assist Math1 and Math 1A

Favorite Childhood Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Attending New Haven Reads as a student, volunteering as a tutor in high school, and now working here as an intern has been an amazing journey for me! When I was in third grade, my parent’s friend recommended a program where they help students improve their reading and writing skills. From third grade to my sophomore year of high school, I was a student at NHR and during my junior and senior years of high school, I became a volunteer tutor. This summer, I am working at New Haven Reads as a First Niagara intern.

As a former student at New Haven Reads, I got to experience what it’s like to be on the other side. As an intern, I sort books, set up at Dixwell, assist with both Math club 1 and 1A, help with administration work, and I tutor. I try to make the tutoring session as fun as possible but also make sure we are working hard. During the tutoring session students tell me “you’re the nicest tutor”. It’s really great that students enjoy me tutoring them. I like that I’m making an impact to their lives even if it’s just helping them pronounce a word or finding out what it means. We try to make Math Club fun too – once before starting the class in Math 1A, all the kids played Simon Says. It’s great to see the students bond and helping each other in both of Math clubs.

I have been working with one particular student during the end of the school year and this summer. As Spanish is her first language, I have been helping her to improve English. I would come across some words that I didn’t know how to say in Spanish, like “raft”. So I would try to explain it to her and she would figured out the word in Spanish, “balsa”. So we teach each other new words that we didn’t already know in English and Spanish. I remember one day when I tried acting out what the word meant and it felt like we were playing charades because she kept guessing what it meant and I tried to show it what I meant in different ways. For example, while we were reading a story she asked me what the word “bang” meant. I told her it was when there is a loud noise. She gave me a confused expression and said “how is it, a loud noise?”. I tried to explain to her again but I would try to pretend something fell and make the noise. Once I did that she understood what the word meant.

This is my first job and I am very proud to work here. I would like to thank First Niagara Bank for funding this internship. I love bonding with the amazing staff and the other interns. I will cherish the time here and hope to stay in touch when we all go back to school in the fall.

Categories First Niagara Summer Internship, News & Events | Tags: , , , | Posted on August 13, 2016

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