Meet the Summer Fellows: Asia

Each summer Yale, Harvard, and the University of New Haven award Fellowships to undergraduates who spend their summers working at non-profit or government agencies in New Haven. We are thrilled to have three Fellows this summer, one from each university. Fellows will assist staff, work in the book bank, and tutor our students during their stay. Read on to learn about University of New Haven Fellow, Asia, and to hear about her experience at New Haven Reads thus far.

Hometown: Yonkers, NY
Major: Psychology and Elementary Education
Favorite Children’s Book/Story: Rumpelstiltskin

UNH Fellow - Asia

My name is Asia and I am a rising senior at the University of New Haven. I am currently majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Elementary Education. I was born in the Bronx and raised in Yonkers, NY, a fairly large city outside of the Bronx. I have two older siblings, one of whom is a lawyer that resides in Boston and the other an agricultural engineer who resides in Rhode Island. My mother is a school teacher in Yonkers and my father is a traveling chemical salesman. I have always had a passion for learning and an interest in the education system, so a career in teaching seemed like the perfect fit for me! I hope to graduate in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters in education. 

I began volunteering at New Haven Reads my freshman year of college working with the Homework Table and knew it was a place I’d be seeing a lot more of during my college career. This summer, through the President’s Public Service Fellowship I have been given the opportunity to once again work at this wonderful non-profit organization. So far tutoring has been my favorite portion of the day! I love getting to know the students and helping them with their reading. I also enjoy working in the Book Bank with my fellow fellows.

UNH is one of the many schools that offer the President’s Public Service Fellowship during summer break. Every summer about 13-15 students are chosen through an extensive application process and given the opportunity to work at a government or non-profit organization for 11 weeks. Along with working 35 hours a week we attend weekly dinners where we discuss our individual sites, weekend bonding activities, and impromptu adventures. We also all live together in on-campus housing. In all, I hope to have a productive but fun summer!
– Asia

Categories News & Events | Tags: , | Posted on June 6, 2014

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