Define American

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  • A Tomorrow Worth Pursuing

    | Anonymous

    In the words of Arthur Miller, "When today fails to offer a justification for hope, tomorrow becomes the only grail worth pursuing".

    Being an undocumented immigrant brought to the United States as a kid, such has been my pursuit. In an immigrant society which has, by definition, chosen to reject the past; faith in the future is not a matter of choice. The details of how I got…

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  • Neither Here nor There

    | Anonymous

    I was born here in the US, but I might as well have lived 18 years of my life as an undocumented immigrant.

    Why? I have been limited of living a full life because my mother is undocumented.

    I have been given many opportunities here, but I have had to do them alone or have had to deny them. When all my friends tell me they've gone…

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  • A Dream to Be a Doctor

    | Anonymous

    When I moved to the US one the first things I was told to do was to make an American Dream. I was told that if I believed in myself, kept on track and especially work hard I could accomplish my dream. That I could accomplish anything. Because America is the Land of Opportunity.

    So I made my American Dream to become a doctor. Not just any doctor.…

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  • Love Without Borders

    | Anonymous

    On December 31st 2006, at 11:59 PM I received a phone call from a boy. A boy who asked me to be his girlfriend. At the time I, Ashley Sims, was in my sophomore year of high school and the boy, Michael Pecina, was also in his. This is our story. I remember dropping the phone and running down the hallway of my best friend's house yelling at the…

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  • Teaching While Undocumented

    | Anonymous

    “When was the last time you visited México?” I feel my body tense up when I hear my coworker’s question. I normally enjoy our lunchtime teacher conversations, but not when I have to evade questions like these.

    “It’s been a long time… years.” I play it off.
    “Oh, I bet you miss it. You should try going this summer!” suggests another teacher.
    “Yea, if I don’t…

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