Frederick Goodman Helps Set the Tone for Student Life at SEED MD

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 “There is great reward in planting a seed and watching it grow in the best conditions.”

As a student life manager at The SEED School of Maryland, Frederick Goodman’s main priority is creating and maintaining a healthy environment within our boarding program, enabling our scholars to achieve academic success. Mr. Goodman was drawn to this role as a first generation high school - and college graduate whose home life was very tumultuous. He credits his middle school educators for seeing something in him, and cultivating his desire to pursue higher education.

In this position, Mr. Goodman has the opportunity to assist SEED scholars affected by the same home-life troubles that he experienced as a youth. He supervises a team of nearly 30 student life counselors (SLC) and assistants who play a direct role in our students’ growth outside of the classroom. For this reason, he provides on-the-job coaching and mentorship to ensure that our student life staff is equipped to support SEED scholars from various backgrounds.

This training is especially important during Back to School season, when our scholars are transitioning back into dorm life at SEED. As students return for the upcoming school year, Mr. Goodman notices how they struggle with readjusting to the SEED model and structure. He believes that cultivating a safe and welcoming environment is crucial for our newly enrolled sixth and ninth-grade students, who are leaving home for the first time and learning to live with strangers. To navigate these challenges, Mr. Goodman works diligently with our SLC’s, reminding them to be compassionate, promote positive energy to their students daily, and commit themselves to the personal and academic success of each SEED scholar.

Though Mr. Goodman is a newer member of the SEED community, he has witnessed first-hand how our academic and boarding models have transformed the lives of so many promising young scholars. He says, “This is home for our students, 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. We provide structure, access to opportunities, and a chance for students to grow into their best selves.”

Learn more about student life at SEED MD.

Destiny Joyner (SEED MD ‘23) Reached New Heights on Top of Mayan Ruins

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Well before her first day as a student at The SEED School of Maryland, Destiny Joyner (SEED MD ‘23) was no stranger to SEED. She watched her two sisters flourish as SEED students and successfully chart their paths to a college degree. Following in their footsteps, Destiny is focused on achieving her full potential and has set her education as a top priority.

A straight-A student, Destiny finds it important to surround herself with the right friends. “Each semester, my friends and I compete to see who can get the highest GPA. It keeps us on our toes.” Because of SEED’s 24-hour learning environment, she has built strong bonds with her classmates and student life counselors. "Living with each other brings everyone close together. We really feel more like family than classmates."

This summer, Destiny traveled to Belize with SEED MD’s External Opportunities program in partnership with Girls Going Global, a nonprofit organization seeking to address the disparity of girls of color in international education and travel. For a week, Destiny was immersed in Central American culture, which is heavily influenced by the ancient Mayan civilization. She was intrigued by the Mayan’s holistic way of living and discovered how these traditions are still practiced in modern day Belize. Her most memorable experience was climbing to the top of a Mayan temple constructed in 1,000 B.C.! “The Mayan Ruins were really steep! Getting to the top was hard, but once we made it, everyone felt accomplished.” 

Destiny’s eager to see what her first year of high school has in store now that the summer has ended, and she looks forward to seeing more of the world.

 

SEED Scholars are Going Global

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“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” – Matthew Karsten

According to Rustic Pathways, international travel is a major catalyst in encouraging students to think critically, identify their interests and passions, gain a global perspective, and practice cultural sensitivity.

Gaining exposure to the world at a young age can help to inspire a college major and create a life-long passion. A study by The National Association for Education found that 81 percent of students who traveled abroad in middle or high school went on to pursue a college degree.

At SEED, experiential learning is a core component of our college-prep programming. We offer our students more than 100 experiential learning opportunities each year. In fact, this summer, over 50 SEED scholars traveled to countries such as Brazil, Costa Rica, and Japan to embark on life-changing experiences.

While abroad, our students learn foreign languages, participate in mission-based projects to aid residents, take on new challenges, and build their international networks. These experiences have equipped our scholars with the tools they need to succeed in today’s global economy.

Here’s what some of our scholars had to say about their trips this summer:

“Traveling to London was an amazing experience. My travel mates became such close friends, and made the experience a thousand times better. I still keep in touch with them.”

- Peter Guzman-Navas (SEED ‘20) - British Studies Summer Programme

“I loved visiting London’s Science Museum. I even got to see an abstract model explaining Netwon’s Laws of Motion it was so cool!”

- Deborah Ominiyi (SEED ‘20) - British Studies Summer Programme

 Learn more about External Opportunities at SEED Maryland.