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The Dominican exchange students who recently visited Masters have been recounting their positive experiences at the school. Similarly, Masters students hosting them heaped praise on the exchange students. The students hail from The Carmen School in the Dominican Republic, and they noted distinct cultural shocks when coming to the United States.
Exchange program provides students with valuable life experiences
Justine Pascutti, News Editor • April 20, 2024

“I loved being an exchange student, because it was something that I always wanted to experience. It was one of the best things that happened...

Postcard from the cafe: “Rica”

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After a long day of schoolwork and stress, Masters students stop by the FC cafe and are always greeted with a smile and food recommendations from “Rica” behind the counter. The Cafe manager, Emrica Jusu-Davies, is known as “Rica” to the Masters student body. She wanted students to call her by something shorter when she started working at Masters in fall of 2021. 

Jusu-Davies described her favorite part about working at the FC cafe. She said,“I love getting the chance to interact with the kids while I’m working here. I always have interesting conversations with the students and get to meet new ones every day. They check in on me to see how I am doing.” She continued, “It makes me feel good and loved.”

One of the students she used to connect with on a daily basis is alumnus Peter Vega ‘23. He mentioned his meaningful connection with Jusu-Davies in his senior speech, and she attended graduation for him. “Rica is an angel. She’s the heart and soul of the FC. Every day she approaches her job with genuine kindness that has an impactful effect on all students at the Cafe,” Vega said. He continued, “She is the reason why visiting the Cafe is an essential decision people should make for a warming, and inviting experience.”

When a student is struggling with deciding what cafe item to buy, Jusu-Davies almost always recommends the gluten-free rice-krispie treat—her personal favorite. Jusu-Davies explained one of her favorite interactions she has while working: “Parents come in and look, because their kids go home and tell them about me. They then talk to me, introduce themselves and say how much of an impact I have had on their kid,” Jusu-Davies said. 

Junior Colin Smith, visits the cafe frequently—at least four times a week—to see Jusu-Davies. He explained the special connection he has with Jusu-Davies. “She brings such a bright light to my life, especially when school gets really hard. I love visiting her at the cafe and discussing everything from how days are going to learning about her daughter,”  Smith said. He continued, “She’s a wonderful person to be around and her smile is seriously infectious. Any of our little laughs together can make my day ten times better.”

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