“We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.” ― Lois Lowry, The Giver We’re taught from an early age that our future is what we make of it. We can be whatever we want to be, and we can do whatever we want to do. This dream is instilled in us at such an impressionable young age that even when we break through the illusion as adults, we continue to cling to
Previously: None of this is a good approach on how to go to college after high school. None of it. And this was only a sliver of the problems I experienced as an undergraduate, living thousands of miles away from the nearest family member, in a completely different time zone and country from immediate family. It could’ve been better That’s what I always tell myself. But, of course, it could’ve been better. Anything can always
Blue and white streamers crisscross along the wall of a school gym in East Harlem. White paper cloths cover tables. Cute graduation cap confetti dot the table tops. Plates and cups are neatly lined up. The decorations are sparse but what can you do when you’re on a limited budget? Besides, the decorations aren’t important. It’s the people attending that matter the most.
The executive director stood in front of us with mic in hand, looking sadly at the floor. It seemed like we were all holding our breath, not wanting to make a sound when he started speaking. He thanked us, the staff, for attending the all-staff summit—a day of professional development. His voice was somber. He spoke a few more words and then a quote…