It’s been… a week. A hard week to watch unfold around me. Working with an organization completely dedicated to the education system in this country made the Betsy DeVos hearing videos that much harder to watch. I’ve barely brought myself to look at any articles about Trump’s inaugural address; the only thing I paid attention… Continue reading Love Trumps Hate.
S is a student that is almost impossible not to like. Friendly, responsive (mostly), easy to talk to, and genuinely excited to have College Possible in his life. Like most freshman, the beginning of S’s college experience was towing the line in terms of where he should best spend his time, especially living in the… Continue reading Great Stories Part V: The Best Version of Yourself
One of my campers last summer was explaining to me at one point that his stepfather always told him that “A real man always carries a knife and some paracord in case of emergencies.” My response was, “Well, I don’t always carry those things around and I’m a man.” The camper responded with “Nope.” A… Continue reading Being a man.
I woke up this morning to a flooded newsfeed with articles and statuses about violence breaking out in response to the shooting of another black man by a police officer, this time in Milwaukee, my city. All of the reports I saw were lacking in details, and all of those will come out, but I still feel… Continue reading Response to last night.
I was in Saint Paul visiting friends when Philando Castile was shot and killed. The night of the shooting, Black Lives Matter advocates gathered outside of Governor Mark Dayton’s mansion demanding that something changes with the relationship between black communities and the systems in place that are keeping them on the lower rungs of the… Continue reading Black Lives Matter.
At College Possible, we’re required to write four “Great Stories” about our students over the course of the term of service. This is a fantastic opportunity to really think back on our conversations and interactions with our students and reflect. Some stories are funny, others are inspirational, but no matter what the tone they are… Continue reading Great Stories part I: Optimism despite adversity.
Pulse Orlando. Brock Turner. Donald Trump. Scrolling through my newsfeed the past couple of weeks has been rough. Really rough. The headlines of the articles my friends post, the reactions of social media as a whole to said posts, and the overarching hidden meanings of everything that has come to light recently are just depressing.… Continue reading Being a patriot.