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Jun 12 2012

Institute, Day 1: You’re in the Army Now

I am writing this on the bus to my first day at Dowling Middle School in Houston, where I will be working for the next 5 weeks in Institute. Houston is beautiful. So green, so big, so diverse! The Rice campus is very nice, and I was assigned a roomy single. Our morning routine is…

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Jun 12 2012

Day 1

Day 1

I judge the majority of my success today based on the fact that I didn’t miss the 6:45 am  bus to school.  The ride honestly wasn’t that bad.  As we by passed the bumper to bumper traffic on our route to North Houston, I was consoled at knowing that everyone on the bus was going…

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Jun 11 2012

In less than 5 hours…..

In five hours, my alarm clock will sound.  At that time, I will pull myself out of bed filled with excitement and temerity knowing that Institute has finally begun.  Outside of packing my brand new lunch box with copious amounts of snacks–which I will eat more out of nervousness than out of hunger–and a bus…

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Jun 08 2012

Induction Recap

So I have completed most of induction, and I am all packed up and ready to fly home to Hyde Park for a few days to graduate!* Induction basically consisted of getting to know our fellow corps members, past corps members, and TFA staff, participating in guided reflection on the coming 2 years, getting paperwork…

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Jun 07 2012

Today I learned

That Davy Crockett and David Bowie died at the Alamo. Talk more after I pass my TExES.

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Jun 06 2012

DFW Induction: Day 1

How excited am I? SO EXCITED! Today was so busy! I made it all the way to the end of my street before I remembered that I hadn’t gotten my SSC last night, but after that 3-minute setback we were on our way! I braved the hordes of fresh-faced corps members and got all of…

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Jun 05 2012

Here we go…

You can try to plan for everything. I have tried to make sure that I am ready for this week for the past month, at the very least. And today has defeated me.   Gen 4-8 exam this morning? Did not take. Why? Because even though we left 30 minutes early for a 40 minute…

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May 30 2012

Activism, Academia & Poverty, For Life.

Our Senior Class President wanted us to write Six Word Memoirs to scroll on ticker tapes during Commencement activities this May. The title of this post was my Six Word Memoir and what I take away from Claremont McKenna College. I thought I’d dedicate a post to where I’ve been. Plus, I dedicated an entire post to where I…

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May 30 2012

I have gone away to come back.

One day I will pack my bags of books and paper. One day I will say goodbye to Mango. I am too strong for her to keep me here forever. One day I will go away. Friends and neighbors will say, What happened to Esperanza? Where did she go with all those books and paper?…

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May 29 2012

Things That I Already Know

So, I’m going though the prework and realizing that a lot of these stories that are being relayed, I lived. I am that student on the wrong side of the statistic. I am that kid that is on the wrong side of the income gap. I come from the projects, my mom was a single…

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