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October is College Month, and West End House is celebrating by engaging alumni and members in activities that generate discussion of college, challenges, and hopes for their future.

Each week, we are asking groups within our community share their thoughts on college-focused topics. We will randomly select one of these responses to feature on our website and social media, and the author will receive a gift card to thank them for sharing.

Week 4:
What are your top 3 college choices and what are you interested in studying?

ReignYah Grant

Wakefield Memorial, 12th grade

North Carolina Central, Howard University and North Carolina A&T.
I really want to attend a HBCU and study African-American Studies. Maybe I’ll be a professor!

D’andre Varrs

Madison Park, 9th grade

Boston College, Ringling College of Art & Design and Babson College.
I want to study both Business and Art so I can work on the business side of different creative companies.


Week 3:

This week’s Challenge question highlights our young people’s educational interests and passions.

What is your favorite subject in school and why?


My favorite subject is Art because I get to draw, sculpt with clay, and sketch. I can create whatever I want.

Erick Duarte

Jackson Mann K-8 School, Grade 7
Erick attends one of our West End House “learning hubs,”
a physically distanced opportunity for on-site virtual learning

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Week 2:

Name someone who you admire who went to college and name the college they attended.

I’m in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and my Big Brother AJ went to Boston College. That’s where I want to go one day!

Dennis Lynch

Jackson Mann K-8 School, Grade 5

Dennis and his brother attend the West End House “learning hubs,” a physically-distanced opportunity for on-site virtual learning support.

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Week 1:

What has been your biggest challenge in college and how are you working to overcome it?

My biggest challenge is balancing school, work, and an internship, while making sure I maintain very high academic standards. It is very emotionally draining, but I have become a master of my time by scheduling and taking advantage of every minute I have.

Wenzheng (Wen) Liang

UMass-Boston, ’22 – Nursing
UMass-Boston ’19 Exercise + Health Science

more Soon!

Weekly winners – every friday in october