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NAC Class of 2013 alum Jackie Martinez remembers the goals she had before meeting Chandra Jenkins in 2010. She wanted to be famous and rich and she didn't know why. Now, Jackie notes, "I strive to be a strong, intelligent, independent woman who values knowledge and fights for equality. I strive to be like Chandra." Chandra, who started working as an English tutor at the NAC in February 2010, was excited to share her love of reading and writing with high school students. It was not long before Chandra developed and led several clubs, including a reading-through-comics book club in which students analyzed the form and content of multiple genres of comic books.
 
Having earned her Masters Degree in English from California State University, Fullerton in 2009, Chandra was well qualified to help NAC students learn to better express themselves through written communication. “I loved working with students on their essays and getting to have discussions with them about literature,” Chandra remembers, “and I loved seeing them get excited about discussing whatever they were reading because they finally had a space where their voice mattered and had authority.”
 
One of the crucial areas in which Chandra assisted students involved writing personal statements. NAC Class of 2013 alum, Hector Valencia, who now attends Hope College in Holland, Michigan, is grateful for Chandra’s help. “Chandra helped me so much when it came to writing my personal statement. We went through it several times and it was very eye opening because I looked at my first draft and then my final one and really saw the improvement.”
 
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