Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Student Spotlight: Imann Mitchell

11th grader Imann Mitchell lives on the west side and attends Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center. She is in the African American Club; she is on the step team; and she used to play basketball and run track. Her favorite subject is math (She will take college algebra next year) and her least favorite subject is science, though that is changing. She looks forward to taking forensic science as a senior. To be successful in high school, Imann’s tips are: be organized, use your agenda, pay attention, and ask questions. “I used to be real quiet,” she says, “but now I can’t stop raising my hand.”

As Imann nears the college application process, one of her biggest requirements is a warm climate. She would like to live in Atlanta, Miami, or anywhere in California. Her top choices for schools include historically black colleges and universities such as Spelman and Clark Atlanta. She has always lived in Chicago – a city she loves – but she is excited to move away and experience a new setting. She visited her sister, who goes to Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, and loved it.

Imann has been at Cabrini Connections since 7th grade, which makes her a five-year veteran in the program. Her mentor, Anne Davies, has been with her every step of the way. “Anne is real. I don’t know how else to say it… She definitely motivates me. She has faith in me.” When Imann first started, she was very shy. “There used to be a real shell around me,” she says, “but Anne broke that shell, and now I’m out.” (She can’t help but crack a huge smile as she says this.)

One of Imann’s short term goals is to apply to People to People Student Ambassador Programs. She has never been out of the country and would love to do some exploring. Her long term goal is to become a dermatologist because of her interest in skin and skin problems. Lastly, one of her general goals is to assume more independence. She hopes to move out and pay her own bills by age 22.

Imann has one sister, three brothers, and she would like to give a special shoutout to her nephew, Cameron. “I love you!” We love you, too, Imann. Thanks for being a great ambassador for our program.

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