Life of a Fellow: Shaunie

Shaunette (or Shaunie) is a Brooklyn-grown graduate from Daemen College. She comes to 12+ after working in marketing and sales at highly innovative software company. Shaunie is obsessed with reality TV and hair design. This year, her sparkling personality and positive energy fills the Kensington Health Sciences PLUS Center. 

My life as a Fellow revolves around the Kensington Health Sciences Academy (KHSA) PLUS Center. This year the KHSA Team, also known as K-Squad, is an all-female team. Since the beginning of the school year, only the students that are frequent visitors to the Plus Center remember our names. Therefore, we have retired our official names and now respond simultaneously to any student that say, “Miss.” Although the majority of students have not yet learned my name, the past two months of my Fellowship experience has been phenomenal.

Just this past weekend, we celebrated the seniors for taking the SAT. Our seniors were extremely nervous like many other seniors throughout the nation preparing for the SAT. In an effort to ease their nervousness, K-Squad gave the students wake up calls and also met them at their testing locations. At 7:45 AM on a Saturday morning, I had no issues exerting cheerful energy to boost the students’ enthusiasm. I could tell that the students appreciated this because they were no longer focused on their nervousness. We are anxiously awaiting the test results, but also reassuring our students that they are more than a test score and most colleges/universities will consider their entire body of work.

KHSA Team and students at the NACAC College Fair

KHSA Team and students at the NACAC College Fair

Over the weekend we also participated in the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) College Fair at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The seniors had a tremendous time meeting with the representatives from over 400 colleges that participated in the college fair. My days at the KHSA PLUS Center are filled with an array of activities. I find this extremely exhilarating, and I often find myself saying, “OMG, is school already over … we just got here!!”

My students are my world, and I enjoy celebrating their successes and helping them overcome their shortcomings. Not only am I assisting students academically and building a college-going culture at KHSA, but I am also discovering new things about myself and enhancing my professional skills in areas of empathy and flexibility while building effective relationships with the individuals I interact with on a daily basis. I am thrilled to see what other adventures the rest of the year brings.