The internship is winding down in less than two weeks, and I don’t know what kind of footprints I’ll leave here in Los Angeles. As cool as it looks, I hope it’s not footprints on beach sand, because it’ll get wiped over soon. I hope and I pray that I made some real tangible changes here. Whether it is the youth that I’ve worked with, some person who benefits from foreclosure materials that I’m working on, students that I’m attempting to help with the passage of the Real California DREAM Act, or seniors that I help out fill out applications, I hope I impacted at least one person to engage themselves socially.
My second wish is that my growth here isn’t just an ephemeral one. What I mean by this is that whatever I started here will continue. I want Korean American students to take after my example and be inspired to advocate for the California DREAM Act. I want to continue being in conversation with the Korean American media advocating for change in the perspective of the coverage of immigrant stories.
Because I know my time here’s coming to a close for now, I’ve been stepping down in organizing some parts, but I am working incredibly hard to wrap up loose ends. I’m also in conversations to try to continue some of what’s been going on. Time’s a tickin’. Back to Kentucky soon.
I took that photo at Long Beach. I’ve been trying to soak up as much of California before I get back. It makes for restless weekends, but really, I need as much sun in me to face the Kentucky weather.