Essex County College - Adult Learning Center -2019
Dreams of a Better Tomorrow
A Collection of Memoirs, Poetry and Intrigue
For an aspiring writer, just putting your thoughts to paper can be an achievement. Getting them published can be a game changer, in terms of building a writer’s confidence, especially for an ESOL or basic literacy student. Six of our students achieved that honor this year when their works were published in “Dreams of a Better Tomorrow, A Collection of Memoirs, Poetry and Intrigue.” The writers are Essex County Consortium students, including LVA’s own Clifford, who wrote about a little super hero; Damien mused about being a teen again in Sixteen; Gupreet looked at the horror of a young activist’s life in A Young Living Legend; Karima woke in the middle of the night with her thoughts spinning; and in Remembrance of Yesterday, Ligia fought for happiness to get past turbulent times in her piece.
Ligia Avendano Alverez
Ligia moved from her native country of Columbia and wrote Remembrance of Yesterday about the turbulent time in her early days of parenting in a difficult marriage. And the surprise life held for her in the U.S. Little by little her painful memories have been replaced by happiness.
Seung Hui Kim
Thinking about her mom’s most common sayings to her, Seung wrote Yes, I’d Love to Have More Mom. She doesn’t remember being told to do her homework, or clean her room. Seung’s memories were all about eating three meals a day and snacks.
Seung’s eyes glowed with light when she saw the printout of her library books, the bottom of the receipt showed how much she’d saved by borrowing instead of buying. Her tutor was a great influence in library borrowing too, Seung wrote about her love of libraries in How I Became a Library Enthusiast.