Participating in Breakthrough this summer brings together many firsts for me. It will be my first time leaving California, my first flight, and most importantly my first experience teaching. I am originally from Inglewood, California and come from a small close knit family. My school, Pomona College, is about 45 minutes away from my home so I never felt the anxiety that many people felt their freshmen year. Preparing to teach literature and social studies in Cambridge this summer is the most anxious I have ever been. Not only do I have all the usual questions and doubts of a Breakthrough teacher like wondering if my students will like me but I am also worrying about riding in an airplane and finding my way from Logan Airport to my apartment. While I am more nervous than words can express I am filled with an intense excitement. I have the chance to teach my own class, to be a role model, and to make lasting connections. By the end of the summer I expect to have learned more from my students and my experience than I will ever be able to teach.