YMCA

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Albany International Achievers Program

Past

I went out to Syracuse with my friend. I went to the museum. I love my friend. I love my mom and my dad who took us.

– Age 11

I like when I go to a mountain with my family and we eat food and play in the park, but not when it is cold. Another trip I went on with the school was when we went to the cinema. We had fun.

– Age 11

I went to the museum. I love my mom. I went to Saratoga where I swam and ate Chicken. I played with my five friends. I was watching T.V. I liked playing outside and I liked the animals!

– Age 12

I admire my mother because she is nice to me. She is a smart woman. She makes my favorite food. My favorite food is chicken and rice. I go to Walmart with my mother.

– Age 12

Last year, we went on a field trip with my class in 6th grade. We played games and learned about fish. We saw a lot of fish and I touched one for the first time. It was special because I got to see lots of different fish. It was raining and we played a lot of games. It was the first field trip with my class and we ate pizza.

– Age 12

I went to New York City with my family. Then we went shopping and to the swimming pool, and I swam. I had too much fun and I learned how to swim, so it was a special day for me.

– Age 12

I went for the first time on a field trip to New Jersey. When I went to New Jersey I was very excited. We went at the end of school when we took a field trip to go to the mountains where I saw a cow’s skin and real heart. I touched the real heart!

– Age 12

I went on a field trip. We went to the museum and beach. I played with my friend. At the museum I saw an elephant.

– Age 12

I was born in Iraq. I have been in America for one year and two months. I was supposed to come to Albany but that day they got a lot of snow and my plane couldn’t land. We flew around in circles around Albany and flying around in circles made me feel sick. We had to land in Virginia. We had to stay in a hotel for three days because there was too much snow. I liked the hotel, it was cold but sunny. Then, we finally took a plane to our house in Albany. I feel good about being here. I like school and the friends I made.

– Age 13

The special time I spent with my friend is her birthday. We went to Florida and it was a special time for me because we were playing and it was night time. It was fun and we danced.

– Age 13

I went to New York City and saw the Statue of Liberty with my friend Jon from summer school. First, I drank a ton of lemonade. We liked to walk around. We took a bus. I ate french fries and chicken and rice. Finally, I came back home to Albany.

– Age 13

I went to New York City to see the Statue of Liberty with my friend Laehay for summer school. First, I drank a lot of lemonade. Second, I had to ride a boat. I took a lot of pictures. Finally, I came home.

– Age 13

I went to Saratoga and I swam and played with my friend. I ate lunch with my teacher Mrs. Sandy. It was a special day.

– Age 13

我爸爸的眼睛跟我一样大,他很瘦,但是不高。他对我要求很严格。我妈妈是小眼睛,虽然有时候脾气不好但是对人很好,从来不会出现有偏见什么的。我的妹妹很可爱,她现在上幼儿园跟我差了有十几岁,我很喜欢她,她也很喜欢我。[My father has the same size eyes as me. He is very skinny, but he is not very tall. He is very strict to me. My mother has small eyes. Even though sometimes she has a bad temper, she is always nice to others. She never holds any prejudice towards others. My sister is very cute. We have a big age difference and she is in kindergarten now. I like her a lot, and she also likes me.]

– Age 14

I admire my father because he is smart and hard working. He is determined and he is a strong person. I want to be like my father.

– Age 14

I went to Washington D.C. with my family. We went to see the White House and we went to the zoo and swimming pool to swim. I had so much fun that day. That was my family trip.

– Age 15

I went to some places in my country. I played video games and my favorite game is Fifa 2018. I hang out with my family and we took a trip with my family. My special time was when I was in my country, Yemen, and I was sitting with my friend. We played soccer and we ate dinner. I came to the USA in 2017.

– Age 16

One time, I started up my motorcycle. After going out for a long ride, I saw a group of motorcyclists. They were doing stunts on their motorcycles on the highway. After I saw that, I went back to the empty parking lot, and then I tried doing a wheelie and I crashed. After the crash, there was no one around and I called my friends to come. After, we all went out for a long bike ride.

– Age 16

Present

I was born in Tanzania. I live with my mom, dad, sister, and brother.

What I like about my school are my friends and long days. My favorite subject is math.

I like to swim.

My favorite movie is Black Panther. Mt favorite book is Cinderella.

I am fun and nice, smart and lovely, and I like to laugh.

I want to be a police officer.

– Anonymous

I was born in Tanzania, Africa. I live with my family.

What I like about my school is art, but my favorite subject is math.

I like to dance.

My favorite colors are yellow, red, and orange. My favorite movie is a Tanzania movie and Jumanji. My favorite book is The Lion King.

I like to learn, I am religious, and I am a good student. I also like to share.

– Anonymous

I was born in Tanzania. I live with my mom and my sister.

My favorite subject is English.

I like to go swimming.

My favorite color is green. My favorite movie is Cinderella. My favorite book is one about rabbits.

Three words that describe myself are lovely, scared, and funny.

I want to be an art teacher.

– Anonymous

I was born in Afghanistan. I live with my mom.

What I like about my school is that I get to go to Albany International. My favorite subject is math.

I like to play soccer.

My favorite colors are red and green. My favorite movie is Snoop. My favorite book is The Pink and Rink.

I am quiet, a good student, and loving.

– Age 11

I was born in Yemen. I live with my dad, sister, brother, and sister-in-law.

What I like about my school is gym, but my favorite subject is math.

I like to play.

My favorite colors are black and red. My favorite movie is Kung Fu Panda. My favorite book is Captain Underpants.

I am smart, a good student, and playful.

– Age 11

I was born in Africa. I live with my dad, mom, sister, and brother.

What I like about my school is gym. My favorite subject is reading.

I like to play.

My favorite color is red. My favorite movie is Spiderman.

Three words that describe myself are smart, happy, and fantastic.

– Age 11

I was born in Afghanistan in 2005. I live with my mom and my brothers.

What I like about my school are my teachers. My favorite subject is math.

I like to write.

My favorite color is blue. My favorite card game is UNO.

Two words that describe myself are smart and studious.

– Age 12

I was born in Syria. I live with my mom, dad, brother, and sister.

What I like about my school is the teacher. My favorite subject is science.

I like to play soccer.

My favorite colors are red and blue. My favorite movie is Alazhar Alhazena.

Two words that describe myself are crazy and fast.

– Age 12

I was born on May 10th in Syria. I live with my friend and my mom.

My favorite subject in school is science.

I like to play soccer and love to run.

My favorite color is purple. My favorite movie is Moana. My favorite book is Wonder Woman.

I am nice, my eyes are brown, and I love pizza.

– Age 12

I was born in Pakistan. I live with my family.

What I like about my school is science, but my favorite subject is history.

I like to hangout with my friends.

My favorite colors are white and black. My favorite movie is Beauty and the Beast. My favorite books are Wonder Woman and Wonder.

Words that describe myself are kind, nice, happy, friendly, and nervous.

– Age 12

I was born in Burma. I live with my mom, dad, and sister.

What I like about my school are my friends. My favorite subject is math.

I like to play with my friends.

My favorite colors are red, white, and blue. My favorite movie is Black Panther. My favorite book is Avatar.

Three words that describe myself are friendly, funny, and positive.

– Age 13

I was born in Syria. I live with my mom, dad, sister, and brother.

What I like about my school is learning. My favorite subject is math.

I like to play with my friends.

My favorite color is red. My favorite movie is Spiderman. My favorite book is Rata the Cat.

Three words that describe myself are smart, happy, and funny.

– Age 13

I was born on July 11th, 2004 in Syria. I live with my family.

What I like about my school is that we’re all from different countries. My favorite subject is social studies.

I like to play soccer.

My favorite colors are blue, black, and red. My favorite movie is Alazhar Alhazena. 

Three words that describe myself are smart, determined, and caring.

I am a friendly and responsible girl.

– Age 13

I was born in Ecuador. I live with my family.

What I like about my school is my best friend. My favorite subject is math.

I like to play with my friends.

My favorite color is blue.

Three words that describe myself are happy, loving, and friendly.

– Age 14

I was born in Pakistan. I live with my family.

What I like about my school is learning. My favorite subject is history.

I like to hangout with my friend.

My favorite colors are red, white, and black. My favorite movies are Wonder and The Greatest Showman. My favorite books are Wonder and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Words that describe myself are kind, smiley, nice, loving, happy, and friendly.

– Age 15

I was born in Yemen in 2002. I live with my mom, dad, brothers, and sisters.

What I like about my school are the teachers. My favorite subjects are English, math, science and history.

I like to help the other students.

My favorite colors are black, red, and white.

My favorite movie is Rush Hour.

Three words that describe myself are smart, quiet, and funny.

– Age 16

Future

I will be a mechanic. I will graduate high school and go to trade school. It will take me a long time but it will be worth it.

– Anonymous

When I get older I will be a math teacher because I know so much about math. I want to go to California. I want to get married. I want to be famous. I want to have a famous car. I want to make a lot of money. I want to have a famous house.

– Age 11

I want to be a math teacher. I want to study hard in math. I know I want to go to college at UAlbany. I have played soccer for nine years. I want to teach it to little kids. I also want to be a doctor. When I am older, I need a big car.

– Age 11

I am going to be a pilot. I will find a pilot and talk to them about flying. I will practice for many months. I have to practice how to drive first.

– Age 11

My goal is to get a one hundred on my test. I will study tonight at 8:30 and go to sleep at 10:00. I need to study until next week. My goal is to become a lawyer. So, when I grow up, I need to go to college.

– Age 12

My goal is to get a one hundred in math. I will study until 10:30. My brother will help me. I want to be a police officer and a doctor.

– Age 12

My goal is that I am going to be a lawyer. When I grow up, I need to get good grades o be one.

– Age 12

I am going to write about history. I like history!

– Age 12

My goal is to be a doctor. I will help myself become a doctor by studying. I want to be a doctor to help people.

– Age 12

My goal is to be a doctor when I grow up. I have to get good grades and study a lot to be a pediatrician. And I have to know how people feel. I have another goal too. It is to see my boyfriend all of the time.

– Age 13

I want to be a rapper and make a disk track. I can make YouTube videos and get famous. I will go to college and get a scholarship. At school I can sell my music and people can hear it. I hope people will like it. I want to make my mom proud.

– Age 13

My goal is to be a doctor, basketball player, and dancer.

– Age 13

My goal is that when I grow up I want to be a teacher.My plan is to work hard and learn more. My other goal is to graduate middle school, then graduate high school. Finally, I want to graduate from college. My other goals are; make more friends, get a girlfriend, have more muscles, play more school soccer, and work to make money.

– Age 14

My goal now is to learn English. I feel like I have to learn a few words every day. With the help of a teacher, I can learn English. Of course I know it will take some time.

– Age 14

When I was nine years old my goal was to be a police officer, but now that I turned fifteen my goal is to be a lawyer. To be a lawyer, I have to do a lot of things, like go to college. I will graduate high school and go to college and go to Paris because it’s my favorite place. So, I will graduate from college in Paris. And, maybe I will make a YouTube channel because I love to watch YouTube. o be on YouTube is my goal too. I will e famous on YouTube.

– Age 15

I want to be a cardiologist. I will got to college. I will attend the master’s and doctorate levels. I will go to poor countries to help the poor people. I will pay for a big house to live in with my family.

– Age 16
*Names have been changed

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