Stronger together

Your greatest contribution to the world may not be something you do but who you raise.
This quote seems to be widely attributed to a pastor, and it stuck with me all day.

I grew up in a predominantly white city in Tennessee. When I was younger, I wished I were white so I could fit in. I was tired of being asked if I was Hispanic, Hawaiian, or Oriental (cringe). I went along with—and welcomed—Asian jokes to feel accepted, but I was ashamed of doing so.

It wasn’t until college, where I was exposed to more diverse backgrounds, that I became comfortable with my Filipina heritage. But, given my desire to go into journalism, I (usually) refused to publicly state my opinion about current events and stayed neutral.

I did the same this week, as #BlackoutTuesday took over the internet. Instead of posting a black square on Instagram, I drafted this blog post.

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3 Things I Learned As A Sudden Teacher

I’m a hypocrite.

I teach the importance of maintaining a consistent online presence, but I haven’t updated my blog since New Year’s Eve. To fix this, I’m spending Labor Day (a holiday celebrating the American workforce), writing about … work.

I call myself a “sudden teacher,” or someone whose academic experience extends to being a teaching assistant in graduate school. I supervised writing workshops and graded papers. The professors I worked for handled exams and answered panicked end-of-semester emails from students.

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