Michelle Rogers wants to see the world. She wants to try new foods, meet new people and experience traditions she’s never heard of before. She is fascinated by different cultures and wants to learn about them by seeing them up close.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) programme at Harrison Prep encourages students to ask questions and explore new cultures. Michelle’s curiosity spans the globe, which makes the Harrison Prep senior a perfect fit for the IB principles espoused by the school.
“When I am passionate about something, I love asking questions and learning more about it,” she said. “As someone who is Afro-Latina, I developed a passion for learning about culture when I started to explore my own.”
Michelle’s mom immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. Growing up in America, Michelle didn’t have a chance to fully immerse herself in her Dominican heritage. However, a recent visit to the island nation gave her a deeper understanding of where her family is from and a stronger sense of cultural identity.
Now, she wants to grow her understanding of other parts of the world.
Lifelong Learner is one of the Four Pillars of Student Success and provides a strong foundation to help young people develop into active learners and strong citizens. Michelle’s desire to meet new people and learn about new places firsthand makes her a perfect example of a lifelong learner who makes gaining knowledge a priority.
She also knows that knowledge comes with responsibility.
Growing up, Michelle and her mom spoke Spanish at home. Now fluent in both English and Spanish, Michelle started a tutoring program in her neighborhood. She works with students and parents in her community to help them better understand English and give them a place to turn to when they need help with translation.
Michelle hopes to turn her passion for learning about cultures into a career. She is already taking steps toward that reality as a member of the Young Executives of Color program at the University of Washington. Inspired by her experience in that program, she plans to go to college to major in international business and find a job that requires her to travel and explore.Print This Post