Isabella Morais - Wesleyan University


So far, this year at Wesleyan has been both incredibly challenging and incredibly rewarding. I started the semester taking classes for a major that I am no longer pursuing, but I also took courses in Astronomy and Engineering that I never would have seen myself taking. However, all were very interesting, and I am so glad that I went outside of my comfort zone and took those classes. In December, I had the opportunity to run a project period at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School through the Patricelli Fellowship that I am part of at Wesleyan University. I had twelve students and each student was asked to create their own social non-profit that would create positive social change. The experience of teaching was the most rewarding of the entire year so far because I got to apply what I had been doing at school and have it greatly impact the lives of twelve students. At the end of the project period, Pete Steedman, Director of the Charter School, asked me to run another program in the spring and extended the teaching opportunity to peers from the fellowship as well!

I am most looking forward to this upcoming semester, because I will get to declare my major and minor (English, and a minor in Education Studies) and take classes that fit both my major and minor. I will also be focusing on developing a program for schools that implements teaching by Wesleyan students in different Vineyard Schools. My hope is that by the end of 2019, I will have created a replicable program that schools throughout New England can adopt. I am greatly looking forward to this next semester and the rest of the year, and I am even more excited to share the rest of the work I am doing with you!