November Newsletter

November Newsletter 

To advocate for equity and accessibility of college education to public high school  students in Detroit. 


Accepted, Deferred, Rejected: What’s Next? Webinar:  December 16, 6-7:30 PM EST 


This time can be very stressful for highschoolers, especially our seniors. Those who have applied to Early Action and/ or Early Decision schools, congratulations. Those of you who are planning on applying Regular Decision to schools,  continue your hard work, you got this! This is a stressful time for all, so The Bringing Hope Back Home team wanted to  share some of our favorite stress relieving tips and provide some words of encouragement:  

“I would recommend trying to plan out your day beforehand. My self-care is Facetiming friends and journaling every  morning to get my thoughts all out on paper, trust me, it helps. We are all in this together. Do not give up on yourself,  we’re almost there.” –Khushi Patel, Communications Director  

“Whenever you get discouraged, remember that your future-self will thank you for all the hard work you’re putting  in right now. To relieve stress, I love writing in my journal to reflect on my day and address my worries!” – Cecile Schreidah, Social Media Coordinator  

“Make sure to schedule time for you. You will not be able to take care of everything if you aren’t taking care of  yourself first. I like to take 1-2 hours out of my day to watch something that makes me happy/laugh. Also, don’t be  afraid to take breaks! 1 hour break, 2 hour break, even a full day break! That’s the only way to ensure that you won’t  experience burnout” –Shamara Watkins, Digital Content Producer  

“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started. The hard work you’ve been putting in towards school and  applications will be worth it at the end! My favorite self care practices are taking breaks (because they are NEEDED)  and watching an episode or two of my favorite ‘90s sitcom. Also, don’t forget to EAT!” –Kemi Dauda, Founder &  Executive Director 

“ Everytime that I feel like quitting, I always look at the accomplishments that I have managed to accomplish, and  I think about the great things that I could do with my life and push myself harder”- Rachel Kabala, High School  Ambassador  

“I find it really helpful to make specific goals for myself each day – the more specific they are, the more likely I am  to accomplish them. And after you accomplish them, make sure to check them off! Remind yourself of all that you’ve  done to get where you are today, maybe even treating yourself to a stress-busting run or a tasty treat! You deserve  it!” – Sridula Kallakuri, Community Outreach Director 

“I think it’s so important to remember that everything will sort itself out eventually. As a senior, it’s stressful to think  about all the decisions that you have to make in the next few months, but whatever happens, you will be ok! You  don’t have to have your whole life planned out by the time you graduate from high school; put your mind at ease and  don’t be afraid to take it step-by-step.” – Carly Wheeler, Digital Content Producer  

“We have a fresh start when college begins; No matter where that may be, whether it is in-state or in another country,  just look forward to the next chapter in your journey. I find having anything, little or small, to look forward to helps  me stay positive and motivated. Always work towards a goal.” – Nina Simon, Communications Director 


Bringing Hope Back Home will be hosting monthly webinars for high school students to attend.  We hope that these webinars will provide you with critical information about the college  application process, finding an internship, the pre-college journey, and so much more! Feel free  to share these dates and times with your friends. To join these webinars, fill out our registration  forms on our Instagram @bringinghopebackhome  

 Accepted, Deferred, Rejected: What’s Next?: December 16th 6-7:30 PM EST 


“I loved that the webinar really made sure to keep us as participants engaged!”Christian Loredo, BHBH Webinar Attendee

“The activities and brainstorming were engaging and helped me feel more prepared to tackle my essay.” – Anie Udosen, October Webinar Attendee

“I really enjoyed the organization of the webinar, it flowed nicely.” Morgan Butler, September Webinar Attendee

“The presenters were very thorough in explaining every aspect of the essay writing process.”Tasnim Dina, October Webinar Attendee


1. Be yourself. The admissions committee wants to know who you are. Tell your story the best  way you think you can. They are far more interested in how you portray yourself, rather than the  masked version you paint yourself to be. Sometimes using the simple word, rather than one you  find off the Thesaurus is much more meaningful. 

2. Don’t forget peer editing. Always have someone else look over your essay for grammatical  errors. It never hurts to have a fresh pair of eyes to re-read.  

3. Create an outline. Knowing what you want to write about before you write it helps a lot with  mental blocks. 

4. Talking about failures can be a good thing. Failure is a key point in learning. Showing a time  that you’ve failed and what you’ve learned from it is a great show of character.  5. Show instead of telling! If you can describe a moment with a first person point of view and a  ton of imagery, it will be much more interesting to read than an essay where you just say a lot of  statements.

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