Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 10 — The next breath

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Editor’s note: Since September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a Pleasant Street tutoring center set to open early this year. This journey has not been without its roadblocks.

When it rains, it pours.

Two weeks ago, I received news crippling my tutoring startup: The students of Worcester State who offered to tutor the students of The Learning Hub have become unavailable.

This week? Well, it seems the bad news continues. The email reads:

“Giselle, I had two students who were excited about working with you and now have decided to take full-time jobs after school. I know that you are counting on these students to assist with your worthy project. I am sending out a request to a few seniors.”

Worcester State University Associate Dean of Education Raynold M. Lewis, although extremely enthusiastic about my startup and the important resources it provides for students outside of the endless routine of classroom academics, has given me bad news after bad news. Reaching out to a pool of students at WSU has been a whirlwind of a project.

No tutors = no students; and no students = no business.

Just when I began to embrace the wings of Hope, I am dropped like a bad habit on a Sunday morning.


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