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I Was Alone and Scared, So I Know How Older People Feel

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I first arrived in the United States four winters ago from a country that was always sunny. I had heard that it was cold in the United States, but I could have never imagined this: I couldn’t feel my hands. It was the first time I’d seen snow, falling from the sky and making mountains […]

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Finally, a Work Role Model

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Growing up, the world of work was mysterious to me. Before age 19, I had never lived with an adult who had a stable career; most didn’t even have jobs. I’d never had a parent figure who had a job they liked or that looked interesting to me. Not surprisingly, it has been hard to […]

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My Looking-Glass Self

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I was anxious on the first day of my first college class, The Individual and Society. It was a sociology class that my adviser had suggested I take. I did not even know what “sociology” meant when I signed up. I certainly did not know that something in that class would make my own life […]

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