Respect for Others & Respect for Self

A person has earned my respect when they consistently show kindness, selflessness, and sympathy towards others. Since I am a very cynical person, those who go out of their way to help others and to give back, without expecting anything in return, have earned my respect.  During our meeting, I had a hard time choosing between “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys or “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara.

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My Professional Development and Career Pathway

It has been a long journey from where I began. I went into college as a pre-health major pursuing chemistry since I took chemistry in high school for 3 years (regents chemistry, applied chemistry, and AP chemistry). After taking a semester of college chemistry with around 1,000 other students at Hunter College, I realized that this was not what I wanted to spend the rest of my four years studying.

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Disability Does Not Mean Inability

Today on the subway, I saw a person who had lost both their legs and used their arms to move from train cart to train cart, shaking his can for money. Everyone stared, but no one offered anything, moving aside as if he was infected. When he got to the middle of the train cart, another person with legs, but in wheelchairs, moved aside and also stared. It made me

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Call for Action for Racism and Democracy

The democracy that we know today has been the same since the beginning of time. Our nation and government were built on white supremacy and racial hierarchy, it’s even more evident today than ever before. It continues to define, exclude, and disenfranchise people on the basis of race, ethnicity, and immigration status in order to give more power to the white-supremacists.  The key speakers all had different perspectives from each

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Incarceration Seen in a New Light

I believe incarceration could be a viable option for rehabilitating people who may be accused or convicted of a crime. Although it’s not possible now under our current government, as seen by Rikers Island, I believe that it could be a viable option when operated under the right conditions. As Steven Pacheco mentioned, when he was first arrested and incarcerated for selling drugs, he was ready to do it all

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Wherever Democracy Exists, There Will Never Be Total Liberation

It’s hard, if not impossible, to imagine what democracy would look like without referring to our government and history. Our government, since the beginning of when democracy was established, defined what democracy really is─ a system of government made by the people and for the people. If we were to imagine how we want democracy to look, it will also difficult to do because democracy won’t even exist in an

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A New Chapter of My Journey

I am writing today to start what I couldn’t finish in August when the prompt was assigned. I thought that maybe waiting until classes start will help me get an idea of what mindset I will for the Fall 2019 school semester, but boy was I so wrong. I am trying to time manage all my classes and a part-time job. Originally, I had planned on taking a break from

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