Where To Go From Here

I am from sunshine, sunscreen and the ocean breeze

I am from freeways, tree-lined streets and houses as far as the eye can see

I am from four-hour road trips and classic rock music

I am from bar-b-ques and sports on the weekend

I am from surprise trips to Disneyland and dinner at the table

Disneyland sign, Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, 1974

I am from the land of urban sprawl

The land of keeping up with appearances and the Joneses

I am from the land of redlining, zoning and pretty parks

I am from the land of years-long drought and the greenest grass you will ever see

I am from the land of track homes, convenience and idyllic suburbia



I am from two homes and split holidays

I am from two parents with a high-school diploma

I am from struggling to get through high school

I am from the best support system

I am from learning to enjoy the simple things in life, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and finally figuring it out

I am from learning that education is everything

I am from needing to be and do more

And I am a first-generation college graduate who is going places

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