Pursuing My American Dream

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I am not a bricklayer, but a builder; building upon my parent’s dedication to pursue a better life for themselves and for their children. As the son of a naturalized Arab-American father, whose Palestinian origins show me the meaning of being a minority, and a Palestinian immigrant mother, who inspires me to continue pursuing my aspirations amidst the daunting and unknown road ahead, I endlessly strive to achieve my American dream.
Working with the financial aid department at Moraine Valley Community College, I was eligible to receive a few grants; I decided to take out loans as well, to make sure I would not only be able to complete my education once I began school, but also not to burden my family’s miniscule resources. As a first generation Arab
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Despite the ongoing pension funding issue, these teachers were tremendously grateful that they had an advocate fighting for their rights. That advocacy experience was when I realized that providing legal services to persons of limited means was my passion. I am always reminded of how Jackie would open and close her speeches with words from John F. Kennedy: "Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” A unique moment still influences me; as we were preparing to leave one of our roundtables, a retired 11th grade chemistry teacher told me that she was going to share this information with her friends and colleagues. I did not think much about what she told me at that moment, however as I was riding the train on my way home, I pondered her exact words. Thinking to myself, I hoped that I encouraged at least one student at the Aid Alliance, who one day might champion for the next generation of underprivileged
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