Born in Colombia, David immigrated to the United States in May 2017. To help him adjust to his new culture, language, and life, David enrolled in the ESL 7 class at the Carlos Rosario School for the fall semester 2017. Signing up for these English classes drove David to keep pushing himself to do better.
Over time, David improved his English level. He became more confident in not only his comprehension and understanding, but also in his ability to speak clearly in English. This confidence also encouraged him to become more involved in the School community. During his time as a Carlos Rosario student, David also served as a Student Government Representative during the 2017-2018 school year.
After finishing ESL classes, David enrolled in the Vocabulary class. While studying at the Carlos Rosario School, he applied for the School’s Achieving the Dream Scholarship Program and was chosen as one of the recipients. Upon graduating from Carlos Rosario School in 2019, David used his scholarship to study at the Summer Legal English Program at the American University.
After leaving the School, David’s commitment to being involved in the community did not change, David participated in the Carlos Rosario School Internship program. He completed his internship with D.C. Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau’s office where he was able to learn and understand more about how the government structure of the District of Columbia works. His internship gave David the opportunity to build a network that helped him land his first job in Washington, D.C. From the Councilmember’s Office, David found a job at the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) as a Bilingual Housing Counselor.
David looks back fondly at his time at the Carlos Rosario School, and he is thankful for the knowledge and skills he learned here. David’s advice to immigrants like him, looking to find a meaningful place in their new community, is to strengthen their English Language skills to help them embrace life in their new country.