If a student has the motivation to persist, financial and family situations should not be roadblocks. (1)

First Generation Students: Working the Hardest, Achieving the Least

Four years ago, I sat in a financial aid session at new student orientation where I learned about all the expenses associated with college.  After the session, I called home because I had sticker shock.  I was attending a state university, but it seemed like I was paying out-of-state tuition at an Ivy League school.  It was not until weeks later that I realized I had more than enough financial aid to cover the cost and would actually receive money from the university in a refund check.  This story is not unique to me and is in fact a common trend for first generation college students such as myself.  First generation students are inadequately prepared for college while in high school and poorly supported while receiving a post-secondary education. Continue reading “First Generation Students: Working the Hardest, Achieving the Least”


A Dark Horse on the Horizon: Barack Obama’s 2008 Campaign

Like its rising sun logo, Barack Obama’s campaign for the 2008 presidential election symbolized a new day with promises of change and hope. David Axelrod describes his work on the Obama campaign in his novel Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. In chapters 14 and 15 of Believer, Axelrod shares insights of the early days for Obama’s campaign. The campaign utilized several campaign tactics to craft Senator Obama’s announcement speech and drive his early campaign events to propel him to be the first African-American president of the United States. Continue reading “A Dark Horse on the Horizon: Barack Obama’s 2008 Campaign”


Analyzing Black Lives Matter from Mantra to Movement

While it may seem like just a hashtag, Black Lives Matter is a movement about much more than that. Its roots as a movement can be traced back to a social media post, but its message and cause are rooted deep in American history. The movement has evolved over the last few years to include a variety of issues advocating for a spectrum of people. Despite its growth, the movement is not without problems. The Black Lives Matter activists gained traction and support in the wake of recent American tragedies as an extension of the 1960s’ civil rights movement, but are struggling to become a continuing movement with a defined goal. Continue reading “Analyzing Black Lives Matter from Mantra to Movement”


Why I support same-sex marriage as a Christian

Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right is bringing out lots of celebration and happiness, but is also bringing out plenty of hate and protest from the other side – primarily, the religious right.

I want to be very clear in this post. I want to specify that the opposition to marriage equality is coming from the religious right, not from the religious sect as a whole.  There are many people of various religions, Christianity especially, who support same-sex marriage.  The flood of rainbow profile pictures on my Facebook feed of Christian friends is evidence of that. Continue reading “Why I support same-sex marriage as a Christian”


#LoveWins: Same-sex marriage now legal in all of US

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court made history with its 5-4 ruling saying same-sex marriage is a constitutional right and bringing equality to all.

This makes same-sex marriage legal in the highest and most supreme law of the land. There’s no going back now, though I’m sure some will try.  The fact is though that the time for debate is over. The decision has been made and in my opinion it was the right one. Continue reading “#LoveWins: Same-sex marriage now legal in all of US”

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