An alumnus’s ambitions through adversity

I never was one of the proverbial prodigies or superstars. I knew what it was like to feel alone and voiceless — and my awareness of being overlooked, doubted, bullied and discriminated against was silent and choiceless. Like a social pariah among victors with seemingly endless opportunities, I tactfully observed
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The field between us

My father often said that I’m not appreciative. I track all my spending, try not to waste any food and reuse anything if possible. I don’t like fancy clothes, shoes or utensils. The only costly part of my life would be spending money on model-making or gaming — yet that
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A message to aspiring professionals of color

Being a Latine academic at the world’s leading public university has made for an existence fraught with fear. As a freshman, I knew I wanted to pursue law someday for many reasons. Systemic racism institutionalized my family, replacing opportunities with incarceration. As a defense attorney, I would serve Black and
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