Making Friends, Encouraging Study
school and she is doing well with her studies. So Raquel and her mother,
Melanie, are concerned when they unexpectantly learn that Melanie has to go
to Colorado for several weeks.. Neither wants to interrupt Raquel’s school
year. Melanie and Raquel visit the new Jicarilla Student Residence and meet
with Director David Montoya, who explains the facility’s program for
supervised interim student stay: While her mother is away, Raquel can live
at the Residence, with room and board at no cost, and keep up with her
schooling. There is even a tutoring program and fast Internet service.
On the first day, Melanie comes with Raquel. Raquel is shy, even though she
is encouraged by student residents having fun playing basketball and
lounging. The Residence matron introduces Raquel to her roommate. Then the
matron shows Raquel the necessary things, like how to use the laundry room,
and the fun things, like the exercise equipment and the playground. Melanie
joins her daughter, her daughter’s roommate and another new friend for lunch
under a metal shade on the Residence’s outdoor patio.
Then Melanie has to leave for Colorado.
Raquel’s new surroundings become a home away from home, and because studying
is a structured activity, Raquel finds she is able to complete her homework
every night. She takes advantage of the tutoring program to improve her math
grades. She develops her computer skills because using the Internet is so
easy at the Residence. And she has a surprise for her mom: Raquel and her
roommate play a couple of games of pool every afternoon. She discovers a
talent she didn’t know she had, and now she can’t wait to show her mom.