RCS Senior Celine Bader working in a hospital in Jordan.

Imagine travelling across the globe to pursue family, educational opportunities and a future far from anything you’ve ever known. RCS Senior Celine Bader is sharing her story and the direction she’s taking to achieve her personal and educational dreams. Arriving in the United States in the fall of 2020, Ms. Bader travelled with her family from Jordan to New York state. It’s here at RCS where she continues her studies to graduate with the Class of 2021. In addition, she still continues her day-to-day studies with her secondary school in Jordan.

Fluent in Arabic, French and English; Ms. Bader brings a fascinating approach to her school work at RCS. While in the district, she is specifically studying U.S. History, Health and Government classes to ensure her required credits are completed to graduate from RCS in June. She credits her families work ethic and determination to be successful in today’s classroom. But, she’s not solely interested in just academics. She enjoys swimming, writing and the great outdoors – whether it’s hiking or going for a nice walk.

Mosaics are also an important item and one that she has credited for her own personal philosophy towards representing herself, while sharing her story to others. The definition of mosaics is the pattern or image made of small regular or irregular pieces of colored stone, glass or ceramic, held in place by plaster/mortar, and covering a surface or art piece. Basically, the sum of those smaller design pieces describes the person, or project, as a whole. Ms. Bader enjoys designing mosaic projects as a way to be creative, while describing her current pathway and interests. She even used that philosophy in her college essay.

She was recently accepted into the University at Albany where she will concentrate on biology. She is interested in pursuing dentistry, specifically orthodontics. She feels that profession fits her philosophy towards life and her interest in mosaics. She is enjoying her time at RCS and feels that her adjustment to the U.S. has been made easier with the kindness displayed by RCS staff, faculty and students. She credits Ms. Barbarino as a mentor/teacher in her adjustment to academics and culture.

Here’s her Q&A on her hopes, philosophies and interests moving forward:

How did your family decide to come to the United States?

My family decided to come to the United States to seek better educational opportunities.

During your time here, what has sparked your interest in the classroom?

This is a difficult one to answer, but I would have to say it’s my love for learning new things.

How would you compare your classroom experience in Jordan to a U.S. classroom?

In the United States, I’ve experienced that the people are friendlier here and the teachers build stronger relationships with students. Academically, I find classes here to be easier than in Jordan.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I hope to be achieving my dream of being enrolled in dentistry school.