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    Spring backward. #photoaday #flowerstagram #firstdayofspring #spring #lastofwinter ❄️❤️ So yesterday, I ran a poetry workshop at a middle school and hearing the words from these youth, I feel a lot better about the world. One boy wrote a poem & was very shy about reading it. I offered to read it for him. To my surprise, he wrote about people wanting freedom and not being “illegal.” I hope he finds the courage some day to read the poem because these days, hate voices itself louder than love. Our kids deserve better role models. I didn’t grow up thinking about my immigration status, but I think many children have to now. 💔I’m at a very low point in my hope bank. I’m taking notes on how to say goodbye to a country. I think one way is love and one way is poetry.
#loveislouder #happyworldpoetryday This Sunday I made it to church at a Unitarian Universalist congregation. I arrived as a panelist for an immigration and human rights discussion. My audience was majority White. I started with a poem and then my college journey narrative. It is a heavy feeling to be a person who potentially faces deportation or undocumented status and to stand in front of an audience that though sympathetic, cannot imagine what your world is like. They listened to me and the other panelists very actively. One of the panelists, Klara Bilgin, showed us this poster-size cover of Time magazine’s March issue with her own addition “Why America?” At the end I was surprised that most people had comments rather than questions. When we say immigration is a controversial issue or a “hot topic,” it’s true. I got to see it today by people commenting on their experience traveling abroad without borders or their observations of how much labor is expected of undocumented immigrants. Many of them were proposing solutions. I wish Congress were as productive as these people were in their 15 or so minutes to comment and ask questions. #rageatCongress #votesmart #speakup Little sister poem. Be woke.❤️ #ajamonet #poem
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1,000 miles: step 54

As a fall 2013 graduate of Northern Virginia Community College, it has been my task for over a month now to find myself a job. Job seeking with an Associate’s Degree and little experience in the field of teaching is problematic.

As consolation, I remind myself that a number of people have gone through unemployment and survived. It takes a lot of grit to overcome. (Scholarship seeking is a similar story.) Also, this is great preparation for when I walk out with a Bachelor’s Degree and jobs don’t land at my feet. Because that Bachelor’s Degree is totally happening, even if it takes longer than my impatient self would like.

For now, I’m grateful that after a dozen of sent applications and reading through a ton of job postings, I got 2 interviews. One job offer. Some tutoring on the side. And of course, a lot of unpaid volunteer work on my part.

It’s a beginning.

Recent sights:

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An open book showing the Jefferson Memorial during cherry blossom season located at the Thomas Jefferson Public Library in Arlington, VA. Oh, so clever.

The winter storm weather of today, Janus, brought in a lot of crows (which are good luck depending on who you ask).

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