My sister is the eldest of us three, so I was in middle school when she started high school. Whenever she'd head off to a college fair or tour, I always wanted to go with her. I loved the booths, the information packets, and the welcome sessions. I loved the orientations, the "O" weeks, and the … Continue reading Top 10 Things You Should Know (or Do) Before You Apply to College
I've always loved school. I loved school so much that I went to graduate school three times. I can't promise you that I won't go back to school, either. It calls out to me. Even though I know college isn't the answer. Even though I'm embarrassed by my staggering loan debt. Even though (and you … Continue reading Top Ten Things You Should Know (Or Do) Before You Get a Ph.D.
Charter schools are kind of like Beyoncé and kale. When I was in high school, a guy from my Algebra II and Chemistry class dated Kelly from Destiny's Child. Their first single hadn't come out yet when he brought in an autographed copy of the album cover. "This is my girlfriend! This is my girlfriend! … Continue reading On Beyoncé, Charter Schools, & Kale
She chose her words carefully, but purposely. We were a diverse bunch. There were visitors from Australia who worked with refugees and undocumented immigrants there. There were accountants, VPs, Directors, Chancellors, case managers, teachers, and social workers. More than 200 of us were in attendance, many with a recently changed citizenship status ourselves. Many were … Continue reading 80 Children’s Books Written by, about, or for African-American, Muslim, or Multi-Racial Families
He showed up in a miniature Toyota. There was room to seat four comfortably, but we were seven. Four of us over 6 feet two, 240 plus. We argued about the radio; ducked down when we saw patrol cars. Made it to the beach right before dusk and safely back to the conference before dawn. … Continue reading Free Online Courses
I knew the diner would be chilly so I wore an extra sweater and scarf. I liked the food there but I wasn't particularly in the mood for it now. When the waitress came, I just ordered the same thing he did and waited somewhat unenthusiastically for the food to arrive. The conversation was light … Continue reading Poetry Is Not a Luxury: Readers’ Delight
I've always had something to prove. I’m short. Left-handed. Texan. It’s not something I think much about because I inherited my mother’s confidence. The interesting thing about confidence is that it doesn’t buffer you against very specific, very particular kinds of insecurities. Sometimes they’re rooted in things you can see, at other times they catch … Continue reading Motivation