Student Reflections — Chelsie Dang

Access Youth Academy (San Diego,  CA) incoming senior Chelsie Dang reflects on how the Citizenship Tour has influenced her future career goals.


For as long as I could remember, I’ve been passionate about politics and human rights. I love helping people and atrocities such as sexual assault and inhumane treatment in prisons appall me. The prospect of being a governor or even President has always, in theory, seemed like something I’d like to do. However, I never felt like I could actually do either of those things. Politics has, for the most part, been dominated by rich white males. I never thought that a poor girl from an immigrant family would be able to hold much influence in politics.

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Washington D.C. — NUSEA Has Arrived!

After hours of traveling, learning patience when it comes to sharing showers, and sleeping in some interesting places, we have arrived in Washington D.C. Tonight we will enjoy some down time in Georgetown. After our dinner salad bar, some of the students chose to hang out by the rooftop pool while others explored the area.


Student Reflection — Yamiles Urena

SquashBusters Alum and incoming MCLA freshman Yamiles Urena reflects on meeting Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Governor Michael Dukakis

To be completely honest, I don’t know much about politics and how exactly it works. But what I do know is that there is a lot of controversy and criticism around it. Meeting and listening to both the former and past Governors of my state, Massachusetts, Mr. Deval Patrick and Michael Dukakis, was an honor and a great experience. Continue reading