On Thursday, July 11th, EduMaKate co-founders Vladimir Yelizarov and Arthur Gukasyan took two of our mentees out to Yankee Stadium to talk baseball and their future careers. It was a bright and sunny afternoon, with a game start time of 1:05pm, as the Bronx Bombers took on the Kansas City Royals with their Team Captain Derek Jeter returning to the lineup for the first time this season. The Delta Skybox seats were provided by the courtesy of O’Melveny & Myers.
One of our mentees, Adel Elzanie, had never been to a live sports event and was thrilled by the experience. The excitement of announcing a starting lineup, and waves in the crowd were all new to him, and he was grateful to attend with people committed to helping him succeed.
Adel, a senior at Curtis High School, was recently awarded the Sophie & Leonard Davis Scholarship ($30,000) and is starting a 7 year program at the City College of NY- Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.
Our other mentee at the ballgame, Malcolm Jackson, was also thrilled about the seats and the atmosphere. Malcolm was anxious to speak with Arthur, who serves as a Registered Nurse at the North Shore LIJ Medical Center, about his interest in Psychology. Malcolm is fascinated by the human mind and wants to study how people think. In the future he hopes to conduct counseling and therapy.
Malcolm, a student at Benjamin Banneker Academy, was recently awarded with an O’Melveny & Myers Scholarship ($24,000) and is starting his senior year this fall.
Adel has also had a drive towards medicine, one that is deeply rooted in his family and appreciation for growing up in America. Moreover, Adel wants to give back to his community and country which has given him so much to fulfill his “American Dream”. Adel’s older brother, who is currently attending medical school, has been a major influence on his decision to pursue medicine.
In between innings, Adel and Malcolm, who have never met before, were doing some good ol’ fashioned bonding over Cracker Jack’s and baseball. They were eager to talk about their common interests in the medical field, and congratulated each other for their hard work and academic scholarship. And, to make their Yankee game experience even more memorable, they got to experience a 40,000+ crowd going wild during a 4-run 5th inning Yankee rally.
The Yankees went up 7-4, and stayed up for the rest of the ballgame.
With electricity in the air, and an energized crowd cheering on, Malcolm and Adel talked about gaining internship experience prior to starting college. Adel mentioned his interest in finding an internship this fall. Malcolm had some recommendations for Adel and some opportunities for him to consider. Watching peers support and mentor each other is truly remarkable, and it demonstrates great character and maturity.
All in all, it was very rewarding to have facilitated a wonderful afternoon with two inspiring young men who have worked very hard to pursue a college education and career. It was also great to see two people who have not met each other before bond over life experiences and start a friendship by willingness to help each other succeed.
Not to mention, they got to see a great game and Derek Jeter’s return helped the Bombers rally to an 8-4 victory. “Theeeeeee Yankees win!”