P4K’s Globetrotting Intern

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in blog | 0 comments

During the summer of 2014, former Creighton Blue Jays Men’s Basketball player, Jahenns Manigat was an intern with Partnership 4 Kids.  During his short stay with P4K, he became part of the family.  Since his summer intern experience, Jahenns has been traveling the world, pursuing his dream of being a professional basketball player.  Before he left P4K, naturally we made him promise to write!  Below are a couple of entries from his exciting travels so far along with some sage advice for all the current P4K kiddos: 

jahenns-ManigatEntry 1:  September, 2014

What’s up P4K!

Long time no talk (or see!). I hope everyone is doing well and that you’ve all started this new school year off on the right foot. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jahenns Manigat. I’m originally from Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. During the past four years, I attended school and played basketball for Creighton University where I majored in Psychology. I’m writing to you from Timisoara, Romania and playing for BC Timisoara, pursuing my dream of becoming a professional basketball player. Before I left the States, Partnership 4 Kids asked me to write a monthly blog, keeping everyone at P4K abreast of my adventures in Europe. This will be the first of many posts from me, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

First, I have to admit that I miss Omaha and the incredible staff at Partnership 4 Kids. Being an intern for P4K this sIMG_1540ummer was one of the best decisions I’ve made, and it helped me gain a better understanding of what I’d like to do after I finish my basketball career. I also had the opportunity to participate in camps that helped current freshmen with their transition from high school to college, and meet some of the younger students at their middle school orientation. I came away from it all with a tremendous appreciation for all the hard work the people around you put in to make you successful, a lot of which you may never notice. You all are fortunate that P4K has a great and caring staff that is willing to go out of their way to help you achieve your goals in school, as well as in life. The lessons you will learn from the fantastic folks at P4K will stick with you for the rest of your lives and help you as you pursue your dreams.

With that being said, I want to stress how much I hope you all take full advantage of the awesome opportunities that P4K offers you. Above all though, continue to work hard and keep your eyes on, not only graduating high school, but pursuing a college diploma! Staying focused on your goals and working as hard as you can are two things that nobody can stop you from doing.

Timarosa RomaniaAs for me, I will continue to work hard and become the best basketball player I can be. Our season officially starts at the end of September, but our team has been working really hard to improve daily since coming together on July 30th. We’re hoping to have a great season and our club has high expectations for what we can do this year. I will continue to stay in touch as the year unfolds and will be thinking about all of you in the P4K programs from overseas. I wish you all GOOD LUCK on this school year!

Stay on the right path, and work hard!

JM12, out!

 

 

Entry 2: December, 2014

How’s it going, P4K!?

Jahenns here again, reporting from Timisoara, Romania. I hope everyone has had a great start to their school year. Now that you’re a couple months in, you should all be in a good groove and settling in to a routine. When I was in high school, I tried to plan out my days so that I could study at same time every day. Because, like many of you, I participated in a lot of extracurricular activities, it was sometimes difficult to focus on schoolwork in the evening after a long day at school, followed by basketball practice. By allowing myself the same few hours every day, I knew when it was game time both on and off Jahenns suitthe court, which helped me concentrate on my homework when the time came. I truly believe that learning how to manage my time and organize different tasks helped me get to where I am today. I challenge all of you to try and do the same! Make a plan for every day this next week, write it out, and follow it. Remember that you always have people who are willing to help out when the going gets rough both socially and academically. Take care, and happy learning!

JM12, out!

 

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