Define American

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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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  • Out of Status

    | Anonymous

    My family and I lawfully entered the United States in 1995 seeking political asylum. I was 15 years old at that time.

    I worked very hard to complete my studies to be a productive and contributing member of the United States. I earned my high school diploma from Westmoor High School in Daly City, CA in 1999. I was a pre-med student at San Francisco State University and…

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  • 100% American, 100% World Citizen

    | Anonymous

    I'm a small town, Midwestern, white girl of German, Irish, American Indian, French, English ...etc? heritage. American. I moved to St. Paul/Minneapolis when I was 18, craving to broaden my understanding of both Minnesota and the world by forming bonds with all different kinds of Minnesotans. I had friends who were West African immigrants & refugees; Mexican-American friends from California; white friends from the suburbs; and many undocumented Mexican…

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