Meet our Students.


Tanya

What is an adjective you would use to describe Peninsula Bridge?
I would say creative. Peninsula Bridge helps me open my eyes and exposes me to new issues and new friends. It helps me to see the inside of other people. 

What are your dreams?
I'd love to attend the design school at Stanford. I love math and art. An architect uses both math and art to design houses. I am constantly re-designing the rooms in our house. My mom then moves everything back. Also, I am passionate about helping people. My second dream is to become a cancer doctor at Stanford University because you get to help people when they are sick, injured, or most in need. I want to do research and find the cure for cancer because I think it might also solve a lot of the world's problems. Some people do bad things after their family members have died from illness because they are depressed. Finding the cure for cancer would help millions of people. 

Describe a day at the Peninsula Bridge Middle School Academy in San Mateo.
I am really enjoying the inquiry projects. We are researching beauty standards and the emotions behind it. There is so much pressure to be beautiful. This inquiry helps me understand my peers better and why they feel so insecure and struggle and the social pressure they feel. I can support them better now and be a better friend. 

What is your favorite subject? 
Math. Everything has math in it. There are so many daily uses for math. 

What advice would you give your friends? 
Be yourself. 

Who is one of your role models?
My mom. She wants us to do something in the world. 

What does Peninsula Bridge do best?
It gets me very prepared for school and has helped me make some great friends. 

Tanya is a 7th grader at Borel Middle School in San Mateo and attends the Middle School Academy. She likes to draw and plays the viola in the Borel band.


Maria

What is an adjective you would use to describe Peninsula Bridge?
I would describe Peninsula Bridge as motivational.

What are your dreams?
My dream is to go to an Ivy League school and study astrophysics or criminal psychology. 

Describe a day at the Peninsula Bridge High School Academy.
A day in Peninsula Bridge feels very bright and the atmosphere at the program encourages you to work hard, but at the same time gives you a chance to interact with your peers and get to know them better. We lift each other up. 

What is your favorite subject?
My favorite subject is science and English/Spanish literature. 

What advice would you give your friends?
One piece of advice I would give to my friends is that if they need help, they shouldn't be afraid to ask for it. If someone doesn't give you the help you need, go ask someone else that you know will help you. 

Who is one of your role models?
My role models are my parents because they came to this country to give me the opportunity to receive a better education, and it motivates me to work hard and succeed. 

What does Peninsula Bridge do best?
Peninsula Bridge does the best to encourage their students to strive towards their goals and provides them with any help they might need along the way.

Maria is a 10th grader at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton and she attends Peninsula Bridge High School Academy.


Robert

What is an adjective you would use to describe Peninsula Bridge?
Bridge is progressive; there's constantly new opportunities to explore all aspects of education and life experiences that will greatly impact today's youth. 

What are your dreams?
I want to be designer but I'm not sure in what sense. I like fashion and digital/graphic art; I hope this could apply to my future career. Ideally, I'd like to be a creative director for marketing clothing, a business, etc. As long as I can be a part of a greater company I'd be satisfied. In the end, I just want art to fuel my everyday life.

How has the College Mentorship Program impacted you?
This college mentorship program has been wonderful, I felt that without it I'd have a much harder time developing my resume and finding internships. I've already found one almost immediately after working with my mentor! I have been connected to other individuals in my field of study/interest so I hope this program can expand to other students willing to take the next step to building their own networks!

What is your favorite subject?
Art, art history, and social studies within cultures (Chicano, Asian-American, Black Studies)

What advice would you give your friends?
If you really want to make it where you want to be, stay hungry. Don't be discouraged, be open to all opportunities and be creative with what you do with your life. 

Who is one of your role models?
I'm inspired by artists mostly, but I greatly respect my professor Richard Ross who works with juvenile youth in fighting injustice in American prison systems. His journalistic work is what pushed my efforts in developing my photography.

What does Peninsula Bridge do best?
Peninsula Bridge connects you with people from your community that actually care about the well-being of their students and alumni. I am glad to talk about my affiliation with the Bridge Program even at UCSB when people ask about me and where I come from.

Robert is a sophomore at UCSB majoring in Art and participates in the College Mentoring program.