A Mother’s Dream
A Mother’s Dream
By- Cherelinis Filp–All throughout my years of high School teachers, family and friends would complement my work ethic. They praised my good grades until I got pregnant in my senior year of high school. All of a sudden I became just another statistic. I was told that changing...
Clearing the Path for Adult Students
Clearing the Path for Adult Students
By Dana Castillo –Today’s headlines about college students tend to focus on insurmountable debt and the rising cost of college. And those are important issues to address, but all too often, the higher education conversation forgets nontraditional students with college...
Mosquito
Mosquito
  Tess Almendarez Lojacono By Tess Almendarez Lojacono — He crammed his hands deep in his blue jean pockets, leaving only smooth, brown forearms exposed for the mosquitoes to feast upon. Then, lying in the dark, eyes and lips pressed tight, he willed himself not to cry.         ...
The Afterwards
The Afterwards
Stephanie Jimenez By Stephanie Jimenez — Why are the best things always the worst? Take, for example, holiday cookies. Today, I sat at work for ten hours straight and subsisted off leftover holiday cookies. Now it is midnight and I don’t go to sleep because somewhere inside...
Hair Dressing
Hair Dressing
Nancy Mendez-Booth By Nancy Mendez-Booth — The smell of mayonnaise takes me back to a bad place. I’m four years old, sitting on the linoleum floor of my childhood home’s living room in Queens, New York. “Fat Albert” is playing on the television. I’m shirtless...
Daughter of a Working Man
Daughter of a Working Man
It was weekday just after 3pm. The final bell had rung and students were filing out of the building heading toward the parking lot. Kids pushed and shoved one another as we squeezed through the double doors toward freedom. I couldn’t wait to get home and rip off the uniform that...
Overcoming prejudice
Overcoming prejudice
By Jilma Armijo — Prejudice according to Webster’s New World Dictionary, is a judgment or opinion formed before the facts are known- a preconceived idea, favorable or, more usually, an unfavorable one marked as by suspicion, fear, or hatred. Jilma Armijo I was not aware of...
I am enough
I am enough
By Jenay Wright– I look into the mirror and see what reflects is my mocha brown skin. As I run my fingers through my hair it tangles to the ends. I move closer to the mirror and gaze into my dark brown eyes.  Then I gently play through my brown medium length hair. I am brown...