Congratulations to IDEA scholars Anyé, Brianna, Dimitri, Endajia, Gloria, Jermonie, Niya, Royalty, Tykerra, and Victor who completed their first college classes while still in high school. Thanks to our dual degree program with the University of the District of Columbia Community College, 10 students took classes last semester, including English Composition I, First-Year Seminar, and Intermediate Algebra. Tykerra and Victor are already back on UDCCC’s campus this semester taking English Composition II.
IDEA Scholars Complete College-Level Classes at University of the District of Columbia Community College
Senior Dimitri Cheuko enrolled in English Composition I, which fulfills credit both as a college-level class and IDEA’s English IV requirement. Cheuko immigrated to the United States from Cameroon, and decided to take the class to gain college credit and improve his English. The big difference between high school and college classes, Cheuko said, was the level of expectations. “The standards are raised, the grading scale was raised, and the expectations of the teacher are raised,” he said. “They expect more and they give you more.”
The course’s most compelling assignment, according to Cheuko, was to write a documentary about the experience of Mexicans crossing the border to come to the US. “It was interesting to me because what they experience is what Africans experience when they want to cross the border to France or European countries. They want to cross border to go abroad for greener pastures because life is difficult in Africa.” Cheuko’s own family came to the US by way of Ethiopia and Rome.
Cheuko plans to attend Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi, where he will study accounting and play soccer.