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About America?

Close your eyes and imagine it's 11:30pm on November 8th, 2016. You can see election results roll in state by state. What you thought would be over in no time doesn’t. You sit there in awe, exhausted, with no work done. But you just can't find the power to move from your seat. Your eyes remain glued to the TV. “Is this real?” you ask yourself. Now open your eyes and imagine that you’re a teenager who could do absolutely nothing to prevent this because you can’t vote and you suddenly realize that your own future is not in your hands…


I remember thinking about what to do for my QWERTY assignment while reflecting on what the morning of November 9th was like. I knew that there had to be some way to share people's opinions and thoughts about what was a tragedy to some and a success to others. You see, something some people fail to realize is that there is more than just one kind of American and I wanted to have a discussion about this "shocking" reality.

The time you felt the most powerful

I felt the most powerful with my mentor when we met after shortly after election night. I didn't want to see her originally because I was so distressed, but I decided to come out. Talking to her and hearing comforting words really helped calm me down. Our discussion also reminded me of the duty and responsibilities I know have to bring the change I want to see. I feel powerful when there is work to be done.

by Kathryn Destin


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