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A Tribute to Vicente Simanca, My 6th Grade ESL Teacher

Posted on 09 May 2019 by

I remember clearly the minute I stepped into Mr. Simanca’s classroom at Citrus Grove Junior High in Miami, Florida. I was 11 years old and didn’t know a single word in English. Being in a new environment, I didn’t know the language, I had no friends, I missed my family back home, and I had […] Continue Reading…

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Teaching More than Just the Class

Posted on 07 May 2019 by

One teacher that has had a huge impact in my life as a student was my 12th grade psychology teacher, Mr. Wade. I will never forget the first day I went inside my class, and I saw a man who is in a wheelchair.  When I went inside, he turned and greeted me. He welcomed […] Continue Reading…

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Horizons Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week!

Posted on 07 May 2019 by

This week, the Horizons staff was asked to commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Week by highlighting some of the teachers and approaches that have had the greatest impact on them as students.   The articles feature a range of teachers, in a range of subjects, at a range of levels, from middle school through college, including some right […] Continue Reading…

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Don’t Stay in School: A Collective Response

Posted on 02 May 2015 by

When the long haired rapper known only as Dave, creator of BoyInABand.com, posted his music video, “Don’t Stay In School,” he was trying to cause discussion.  What Dave wasn’t prepared for, however, was just how big of a response he would get.  Although not actually encouraging students to drop out, the video raised the issue […] Continue Reading…

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No College Tuition: President Obama’s Plan

Posted on 27 April 2015 by

No college tuition for community college students would be a weight lifted for many people.   The proposal is that the federal government will cover 75 percent of the cost, and the state would have to pick up the remaining 25 percent of the cost. On the plus side, there will be more student services for […] Continue Reading…

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Education Shouldn’t Be a Debt Sentence

Posted on 03 April 2015 by

It was in the fall of 2008 when I first enrolled at HCC. I was 18 and working two jobs in order to pay my tuition via installment plan. My mother who was going through a divorce at the time, couldn’t offer me any financial support, and good old FAFSA required me to provide her […] Continue Reading…

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Tuition Anxiety

Posted on 22 October 2014 by

I lost track of time sitting at my desk looking intensely at the computer screen. I was flipping through online college catalogs and scrolling through my iPhone reading emails from Rutgers, The King’s, Tulane, and UPenn, among many others. I was smiling because I had choices. Sitting on my soft purple chair next to the […] Continue Reading…

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A Changing Mindset

Posted on 22 October 2014 by

Change is important. In my case, change was extremely pivotal to my growth as a young man. Graduating high school and going to college was a huge transition, and I knew that I had to move along with it. Back when I attended high school I was always to myself, I had very little confidence […] Continue Reading…