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  • I want you to do what you're supposed to do--

  • do your four years--

  • make me proud of you.

  • It's going to be weird going to college

  • because my mom does everything for me.

  • What boys do you gossip about?

  • I'm going to just be honest.

  • We talk about Melik.

  • Melik, we love you.

  • And we thank God for you.

  • I'm going to U Albany, and I feel nervous,

  • but I feel excited at the same time.

  • In a community where only 4% of the kids go to college,

  • students come from homes where the homes sometimes

  • have no food.

  • These kids have overcome all kinds of things

  • and all they want to do is go to college.

  • We reached out to the people at Wal-Mart--

  • they want to give each one of you a four year scholarship.

  • I cannot wait to see--

  • in four years-- what these young people are going to do.

  • I can't wait to see how we helped launch their lives.

  • I love it!

  • Look at this view!

  • Your room's bigger!

  • I know-- but your view--

  • I love your view.

  • Yeah, I love it, too.

  • Aw.

  • Where's Melik?

  • Two floors down.

  • I gotta go give him his stuff.

  • Does he know we're going?

  • Nope.

  • We're going to pop up on him.

  • Pop up?

  • Let's see.

  • Hold on.

  • Melik!

  • Miki!

  • Yeah, can we just go in and see what you've done so far?

  • This is my roommate, Michael.

  • Hi, Michael.

  • Nice to meet you.

  • Well, the girls-- they've been, like, really

  • hectic-- because girls are different from guys.

  • So, you know, for me-- packing was like an hour and a half.

  • Them-- was, like, three hours.

  • Are you going to Wal-Mart today?

  • You talking about stealing my sweaters, right?

  • Imagine, just put it under your sweater.

  • That's why I watch her hands.

  • They were stealing my sweaters.

  • That's what they both-- not they both--

  • specifically Nyasha-- she steals all my sweaters.

  • And Sherinel-- oh yeah, that looks really

  • nice-- you should take it.

  • She's like the one that tells her to do it and she does it.

  • They're like a package.

  • Look at your drawers.

  • And they were rolling my underwear,

  • which is really awkward.

  • You know who would look great in this?

  • Me.

  • I brought it for me.

  • We're here!

  • Say, hi.

  • Say, where are we at?

  • Where are we at?

  • College.

  • Hi.

  • How are you?

  • I'm good.

  • Good-- welcome.

  • OK, you know your room is only this big.

  • Yeah.

  • OK.

  • OK.

  • I'm excited-- yes.

  • What room number are we?

  • 203-- 203.

  • Ooh, look at the suite.

  • It's nice in here.

  • This is Rudy's new home.

  • Which one is mine?

  • Hello.

  • [INAUDIBLE]

  • Hi.

  • Hello.

  • Hi.

  • How are you doing?

  • Hello.

  • Hello.

  • Hi.

  • Hello.

  • What's up?

  • Which one is your room?

  • Let's see--

  • 203--

  • Wait, I got to learn how to do my first thingy--

  • let's see if that works.

  • Yeah.

  • Wait-- but it didn't turn.

  • Yeah.

  • It didn't turn.

  • Oh.

  • Look at my room.

  • Oh, room-- got to make it work--

  • yes.

  • Oh man, it's really happening.

  • It really makes me appreciate my mom a lot because she

  • does a lot for me.

  • Without her, I don't know where I would be.

  • Like, she's always there for me whether she's far away or not--

  • she will always be there for me.

  • I think she's, like, one of the greatest moms that you

  • could ever possibly have.

  • What do you see out there?

  • Do you see all the trees over there?

  • Look-- come look at it.

  • Let me pick you up so you can see it.

  • See them?

  • You see all the trees right here?

  • Look at all the trees.

  • We don't have that in Brooklyn.

  • You see?

  • Yeah.

  • It's more nicer over there.

  • Yeah.

  • Are you going to miss me?

  • Yeah.

  • It's sunny outside-- it looks-- it looks good.

  • I'm excited.

  • I'm a little nervous being here.

  • Just a little bit.

  • This is his house.

  • Why?

  • Because he has to have a-- he has to get a good education.

  • And he has to take care of us.

  • I was sad at the beginning-- but I love it.

  • I'm ready for him to get this education in--

  • do what he have to do.

  • Please give a big, warm welcome to the 20th president

  • of the University of Albany--

  • Dr. Havidan Rodriguez.

  • Good afternoon, everyone.

  • Welcome.

  • Let me assure you, in coming to U Albany,

  • you have made an excellent decision.

  • So I encourage you to challenge yourself--

  • to be engaged at all levels--

  • academically, socially-- as a member of our U-Albany family

  • and as a part of the larger community.

  • There are about 19,000 kids on this campus--

  • just about-- and that's really a big change.

  • My goal at the end of this semester

  • is to make at least 2000 new friends.

  • And it says a lot about the value our students play

  • on these serious opportunities.

  • I feel like-- in Summit--

  • like, everybody knows everybody.

  • You get to meet a whole group of new people here.

  • And the diversity is amazing--

  • and it's, like, pretty awesome just to meet new people.

  • And that speaks volumes about the kind of university

  • that you and I have joined.

  • [SPANISH]

  • Oh, wow.

  • Oh, you got the laundry room.

  • That's good.

  • OK.

  • Now it's time to teach me--

  • --how to do laundry.

  • You're doing it all.

  • When you put the clothes in, you need put the white clothes--

  • That's the light clothes.

  • The light clothes and then the dark clothes, OK?

  • I'm teaching him to grow up.

  • He's used to me doing everything for him--

  • now he's on his own.

  • I'm sad because I got to do my own laundry.

  • Less work for me, now.

  • More work for me.

  • This is a drier.

  • You take it out--

  • try not to put it on high-- just try to put it on medium.

  • We don't know no burning clothes here.

  • All right-- and then you close it.

  • That's it.

  • Always separate your clothes--

  • light and dark.

  • I think I got it.

  • You got it?

  • Yeah So light clothes is hot--

  • and dark clothes is cold.

  • All right?

  • You got it!

  • [INAUDIBLE]

  • Hey, look at the president.

  • Oh, hi.

  • Hi.

  • How you doing?

  • How you folks doing?

  • We're doing well-- thank you.

  • Good to see you.

  • And your name is?

  • Sherinel.

  • Sherinel?

  • Yes.

  • And I'm Nyasha.

  • Nyasha?

  • Yes.

  • Nice to meet--

  • I'm Melik.

  • Melik-- so congratulations.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you so much.

  • I heard you have this great scholarship.

  • Yes.

  • Amazing.

  • That's good.

  • That is amazing.

  • Yeah.

  • That's very, very good.

  • Welcome to U-Albany.

  • Thank you so much.

  • These are three great students.

  • They're going to be incredibly successful.

  • We will support them, we will nurture them,

  • and we will work with them to ensure their success--

  • among with the other 17 thousand plus great things.

  • Study, getting engaged, have fun--

  • Right.

  • In that order--

  • In that order-- study, get engaged, and have fun.

  • But you can still have fun and be engaged at the same time,

  • right?

  • It's great meeting you folks.

  • It was nice meeting you too.

  • Yeah, of course.

  • Thank you.

  • Good seeing you.

  • [INAUDIBLE] I love you.

  • [INAUDIBLE]

  • Come back next week.

  • No, I'm not coming back next week.

  • Come on, guys.

  • Bye, Rudy.

  • The

  • Bye.

  • Don't cry-- ma, you said this was going to be your last cry.

  • Bye, Rudy.

  • Bye.

  • It's all right.

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • Clipped wings, I was a broken thing.

  • I had a voice-- had a voice but I could not sing.

  • You would wear me down.

  • I struggled on the ground.

  • Oh-- so lots of lines have been crossed.

  • Had a voice, had a voice, but I could not talk.

  • You held me down.

  • I struggle to fly now.

  • Oh-- but there's a scream inside that we all try to hide.

  • We hold on so tight-- we cannot deny-- it eats us alive.

  • Oh, it eats us alive.

  • And I don't care if I sing off key.

  • I found myself in my melodies.

  • I sing for you.

  • I sing for me.

  • I shout it out like a bird set free.