Wednesday, November 18, 2009
For the majority of people, planning for their futures start in high school. The high school counselor starts discussing college, the military, or other possible career options after high school. Focusing on the college route was my goal. I am from a very poor family, so scholarships were a must for me. Looking through some major ones is where I began. I knew I wanted to be a teacher, so that choice helped me choose what scholarships were right for me. My counselor suggested I apply for Teaching Fellows which was one of my goals in the first place. I was in teacher cadet throughout high school, and the only purpose of the class besides training you to be a teacher was helping you prepare for this scholarship. I also looked for adversity scholarships since I came from a rough family. I also decided to apply for the Horatio Alger scholarship. The Horatio Alger scholarship was a greater undertaking then that of the Teaching Fellows because only one hundred and four students are accepted from the United States and its' providences each year. I also considered local ones but for the most part these two were my goal. My next step was finding a university that fit me. At first I dreamed of attending Dartmouth, but reality interfered real quick when I checked the price tag. So, I looked at in state schools and UNC-Greensboro was definitely the one that fit me most. I applied and was accepted. Then Spring came and time for results from my major scholarships came back. I had made it to finals in Teaching Fellows and then was denied. However, I was named one of the national scholars for the Horatio Alger association. Horatio Alger changed my life. With the scholarship I was asked to come to Washington D.C for a week long conference. I cannot express how much this one week of my life leads my every day choices. I was able to meet Supreme Court Justice Thomas and enter buildings that the public has no chance of seeing without connections. I discovered myself and where I wanted to go. When I arrived here at UNC-Greensboro I was sure I was going to do amazing. I could never have been more wrong. This first semester for me has been nothing but more discovery and difficult situations. I don't really have a supportive family at all which requires me to pay for everything myself which I knew was a must, but my family doesn't really are at all anymore. This week has been a very good one though. I have finally decided who I am and where I want to go in my educational career. I am going to graduate from UNC-Greensboro with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. The reason I choose Anthropology is very apparent when you meet me. I love people and I love culture. I want to help anybody and everybody which usually leads to me not helping myself. I am so intrigued by the lifestyles of others. I don't understand why people are so ignorant to others. People are all different and come from different places. Afterward, I plan on teaching at a high school near where I am going to Graduate school to pay for my education. I want to earn a masters degree in Cultural Anthropology and contribute to research in that field. My overall dream is one day working for the United Nations helping to find solutions for society's largest problems. During all this I plan on donating the majority of my money to the Horatio Alger foundation to help kids like me who wouldn't be here without them. I know that the only person that can achieve my dreams are me. There is no one out there that can do anything for me except me.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sonia Nazario discussed a synopsis of her work and allowed people to ask questions. She showed pictures while she talked and she explained their purpose. For example, there was a picture of her on the train top. She explained that she had to duck below limbs and was even hit in the face. She was almost killed. Also, she was chased by a gang member until she yelled for the conductor to save her. She explained her journey and her personal favorite parts of the adventure. The people in Veracruz were her absolute favorite because they were all dirt poor and still ran to throw food to the immigrants on the train tops multiple times a day. Some of these people had one arm or no legs. She also discussed what happens to children who make it to America and are captured. There is a program called ICE which works with police departments around the states to find and deport illegal immigrants. They are first sent to detention centers then sent back across the border. There are even problems in this though. Immigrants are scared to voice their opinion with ICE on the prowl. So, when crimes occur and officials ask for witnesses to find the perpetrator not many illegals would come out and defend the victim knowing they would be deported instantly. She seemed like she really cared about everything involved in the immigration issue. She even spoke of President Obama and the start of the immigration debate next year.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The Italian Opera occurred Friday night. It was absolutely incredible. I have never been to an Opera before, so it was definitely a cultures shock. The names of the two people the play was centered around are Violetta and Alfredo. The main character could not decide to let herself fall in love or live her life just having fun. She sacrifices her love for him so he can be with his sister who is dying. Through the play she acts like she falls in love with the Baron to allow Alfredo to move on. However, he doesn't move on. He gets mad and denounces her in a fit of rage. It hurts them both so much they can't stand it. He doesn't know that sacrifice she made for him and his family. During the end scene she is dying of TB. The father realizes what he did to the couple by telling her to leave his son. He explains to the son what Violetta had done for him. The son rushes back to Violetta and apologizes. She confesses she always loved him, hands him a picture, and falls back into his arms; dead. It was quite a tear jerker. It was very confusing seeing how it was all in Italian, but I am taking Italian now so it helped knowing some basic words and phrases. They did however have a back screen with the translation on it. I don't think I would enjoy watching Operas all the time, but this experience was definitely a Friday night I don't regret.
It is a well known fact that the GLBT community has many struggles to overcome. Finding a job in the state of North Carolina is definitely near the top of the list for me. Because I am a homosexual in this state, it is legal for me to be fired for my orientation. This presentation was from the UNC-G career services. We spoke about companies that were accepting and some that weren't. I learned that federal companies cannot fire me due to my orientation, but since North Carolina is a right to work state they can. Basically, an individual going through this problem has to ask themselves a few questions. How out do you want to be at work? If you are okay with not mentioning it at all and keeping it out of the work place then you may not have as many problems as others. However, if you believe that you need to be vocal with it then it may be harder for you to find an employer who isn't going to be biased towards you. Also, it depends on the type of clothing you will wear to work. If you are a cross dresser and believe that it is your right to wear the opposite sexes clothing to work then you may have even more difficulty. In my opinion, none of this should be an issue, but the facts are that it is. America needs to become more accepting of diversity. Personally, I do not want to have to go through ignorance like this all my life.