Local DREAM Act Student Arrested in DC Today for Sit-In at Capitol Hill Offices
My life was comfortable: a home, a bedroom, a bed to myself, lots and lots of toys! Then there were the weekend trips to the countryside, the circus and the theater. It was all a 5 year old could possibly ask for. But then my life started to get foggy and that day it all went overboard and I grew up. I could not stand watching my dad pull my mom's long, black hair and in a blur, I found myself running away, trying to preserve that freedom, that joy of life that was in danger of vanishing.
I was only 6. Now almost 22 years later, I feel like Rumi [sic] and Michelle, unsure if to sweat over my 10 year high school reunion next month. It never made a difference before, going as far back as elementary: playing, eating, running, fund-raising, mentoring with my friends. But now, I have to admit it will be a bit awkward explaining why I have not lived up to my full potential. I never expected things to take this long.
I earned a B.A. in Literary Journalism from the University of California-Irvine in 2006, after joining the Orange County Dream Team in 2005. Through it, I partook in the foundation of the CA Dream Network, DREAMS at UC Irvine and Dream Team Los Angeles. In 2007, I was part of a Caravan and a 7 day hunger fast to San Francisco. Over the years, I've lobbied and presented to many including the college board.
Yet, I am still "9ine digits away from my dream" and I am not sure how my childhood friends will react to that. It has been a bittersweet journey and I have given a lot up for DREAM, including my family in the mid-west. But I feel the DREAM coming not just for me, but for my younger sister and the numerous friends that I've had the privileged to work with throughout the years.