On April 16, a classmate of mine, María Ramos and I, were hand chosen to accompany Lourdes Lugo, the Director of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School (PACHS) and Alejandro Molina to Springfield to help represent our school. YCCS (Youth Connection Charter Schools) organized to have a meeting regarding funding for alternative schools. Our two-night stay was an amazing experience as I was able to bond with Lourdes and Alejandro, as well as see the world of politics.
As we entered the Capitol I was immediately overwhelmed with seeing so many businessmen and women and the beautiful architecture of the building. Our first stop was to meet with State Rep. Cynthia Soto. She greeted all of us with a hug and kiss, which was warm and inviting. Our second stop was to State Senator Iris Martínez’s office, in which Lourdes and Alejandro took the initiative to discuss the problematic issues in alternative schools and why we needed these funds. I can remember sitting there watching her speak and taking quick glances around her office. She had pictures of her along with the representation of the Bandera Puertorriqueña. Our last stop was with State Senator William Delgado and he was a true character. As he drank his warm coffee, he overlooked the paper work and charts from YCCS, while he did that I took the time to look around at his office and began to wonder how this world of politics actually worked.
I appreciated this trip and felt honored to actually have had a chance to visit the state capital and meet with important people who actually grew up in the Puerto Rican community and hav helped make a difference. This opportunity was never given to me at my old school, Bloomington High School. I also became emotional at one point because meeting these people and getting recognized by them is such an inspiration to continue my education.
I can remember State Rep. Cynthia Soto commenting that Latino and African American students are the next generation to conquer the world and to keep working to succeed in life. Through out my struggles I am going strong and with the support of my aunt Teresita Rosario, my cousin Angela Román, and Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School. I have them to thank and will acknowledge them when I succeed in life.