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A Breakthrough With My Mom

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When I was 7, my mother said, “I’m going to America to give us a better life.” “Why?” I asked.  In Jamaica, my dad worked for a gas company and owned a shop attached to our house where we sold basic items like bread, light bulbs, and combs. On Saturdays we sold patties, a kind […]

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Almost Derailed by the Pandemic

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Last year I was in the spring semester of my junior year at Queens College when COVID-19 shut school down. At first, I was excited that I wouldn’t have to wake up early for class anymore. Then I found out I was getting kicked out of the dorm—which was my home. For the past three […]

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My Worker’s Loving Lie

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People who’ve never been in foster care may take for granted the little things when it comes to college. Most college freshmen, for example, just assume everyone has a parent or guardian to help them move into their first dorm. But many young people in the system don’t have anyone for that transition. Luckily, I […]

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Is College for Me?

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Up until the 11th grade, school was a struggle. My parents abused me, which made it hard to concentrate, and they never helped or encouraged me in school. Then I went into care, missed a lot of school, and fell behind. Now I need to make a big decision: I’m 19 and only have two […]

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