Students of Envision is a series that hopes to give the reader a glimpse into the perspectives and realities of our students. Through these stories we aim to show that our kids have even more to offer this world than what they can accomplish in the classroom.
“What motivates me? I would have to say my family. And I know that’s a common answer, but it’s my truth. My family as a whole has played a big role in who I am today, but it’s my mother’s upbringing that really sparked the passion inside of me to want to help those around me.
My mom grew up rough. She told me about how she stayed in a 3 bedroom house with 17 relatives, and how they would struggle everyday to put food on the table. And now that I’m older she’s reminding me that I need to appreciate what I have because she and so many others experience life much differently than I do. And of course when I was younger I didn’t really listen to or understand what she meant by that. You know, it’s my mom. She’s supposed to say stuff like that.
But as I grew up, I started realizing that I have peers who are experiencing the same types of hardships and struggles that my mom faced as a child. So I’m working hard to make sure that this doesn’t continue to happen.”
–Ises Roopnarine Envision Academy