STRIDE Class of 2009!

We’re thrilled to announce that Stride has welcomed its very first class of students into the program!  The selection process was extremely difficult because of the high quality of all of the participant’s applications.  Over the winter holiday, a panel of Stride leadership and Washington Irving faculty took on the task of reviewing the applications.  The application was comprised of 3 essays, 2 teacher recommendations and their high school transcripts.  It was a significant amount of work on top of their regular school commitments, which made their efforts even more impressive and illustrated their enthusiasm towards Stride’s program and their dedication to their education.


Tenzin was born in 1994 in Nepal and raised Tibet.  A Buddhist, she was named by Tenzin Gyasto, the 14th Dalai Lama.  His commitment to peace, honesty and love inspires her.  Tenzin’s goal is to become a doctor.  Her introduction to this field came through her grandfather, a Tibetan doctor, who practiced herbal medicine.  Tenzin and her family arrived in the United States in 2005.  While in Tibet, her sister passed away because she was unable to get the medical attention she needed.
I’ve heard many sad stories of many people’s lives in many countries because there was no doctor and no hospitals or any medical help.  Now I have the opportunity to get [a] good education to reach my goal in this country.  I have to work very hard and try my best to get a scholarship for college to have [a] good education so I can become a doctor.  I can also help people in poor countries; I want to tour some places that need medical help so that I can find out if they need doctors, medicine, medical tools or anything that is related to medicine.
–    Loves to garden
–    Dances with her friends to Tibetan songs
–    Likes to experiment with fashion
–    Enjoys listening to different music and plays multiple instruments including the piano and the Tibetan guitar


Saurabh was born in November 1994.  He was born in a city named Kathmandu, in Nepal.  Saurabh and his family immigrated to the Queens, New York in June of 2007.  At the age of 5, Saurabh discovered his love of computers. Today, Saurabh dreams of becoming a computer engineer. His uncle, who is a teacher at The Computer Institute in Nepal, inspires him.
[My uncle] is a unique man of unique thoughts.  He has a positive attitude towards everything…  His personal behavior is just significantly perfect…  I strongly feel that he is the kind of person I really want to be in my future, his feelings and disciplines are what I want to achieve as I progress towards my goal.  I want to succeed in life through hard work and sincerity just like he did.
–    Loves to sing traditional Nepalese songs
–    Very optimistic
–    A CRAZY guitar fan
–    Enjoys being creative on many different levels
–    Has a thoughtful nature


Alejandra was born in January 1994.  Her family is from Mexico and she still has very strong roots there.  Before high school, Alejandra’s career goal was to become a psychologist.  She was interested in helping people with their problems and wanted to boost their self-confidence.  However, after a semester at Washington Irving, she discovered her true passion: education.  Inspired by her global history teacher, Mr. Dakarae, she realized that she wants to become a NYC high school teacher and ultimately a principal. She believes that children are the future and would like to help kids like her find the necessary resources to achieve in life
Going to college is very important to me because I see how the people who go to college learn a lot.  College is also very important because many immigrants think that we can’t get a good college education… If I can be successful they can do it to.  It would also be a way to prove to other people and [to] family, but most important to myself, that immigrants can do it.

–    Dancing is her favorite thing to do
–    Likes playing the piano
–    A really social personality
–    Has a cheerful disposition


One response to “STRIDE Class of 2009!

  1. Franck Quevillon

    Dear Stride,

    I am very proud of the very unique selection of students you have made. Diversity seems a key momentulm of your group. I am especially happy for Tenzinand Saurabh as I could visit their respective countries in 2000 and I expect that the support that STride will bring them shall contribute back to help other people in their country or community inspired by Boudhism that I highly appreciate.
    The fact that each student has some artistic sensitivity is also a very positive element in their profile towards a balanced and successfull life.
    Good luck to the three of you. Hopefully, I can offer you some opportunity to visit France sometimes.


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