But even while we compose these terms, I’m mindful that this really is the type of tale that bad, black colored and Latinx students are conditioned to publish for college application essays. In every day life, once the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar composed, we “wear the mask that grins and lies” that “hides our cheeks and tones our eyes,” however when we compose these all-important essays we’re pressed — by instructors, counselors and whoever offers advice — to tug the heartstrings of upper-middle-class admissions officers that are white. “Make them cry,” we hear. And thus we pimp out our injury for an attempt at a future we wish but can’t completely imagine.
At Coral Gables Senior tall, I became the friend that is safe the eyes of my friends’ moms.
The nerdy, chubby kid whom geeked off to novels and cartoons failed to pose just as much of a risk as their less bookish football teammates. Read More