Almost mid-July 2014, Seattle Washington. The sun is here and the days between me and the beginning of graduate school are few and far between. Let me be honest, I am a bit nervous. My time is very limited due to many different factors. Some of my own fault in procrastination, but mostly because I am just busy.
It is my goal to finish my documentary and my digital story by the time graduate school starts. My original goal was mid july but life definitely slows that down.
In the mean time I have finally moved closer to campus. Although this will cost a bit more, I feel that it will allow me greater opportunities to not only be closer to my new job at the ECC, but also it will allow me to network and take full advantage of the MANY resources here on campus. As I write this I sit at a very fast iMac where I have started my “We The People” documentary. I am very fortunate to have these resources and I know they will make the difference in my success. I also cannot wait to take advantage of the IMA sports gym, and some on site concealing. I know the last one sounds weird, but I truly believe mental health is just as important as physical. I also would like to change my eating habits and hope to soon start applying this to how I shop for groceries and cook.
I am excited to have a little over a month left at my current job. I am thankful for the opportunities and I have no doubt without it I would not be where I am today, ready to embark on new adventures! I take many lessons learned from the good and bad times.
As I continue to grow as do the people around me. One special person being Diana who continues to prepare herself to be the strongest PA school candidate possible, I am thankful for her wisdom, her care, and love. I will do whatever it takes to not only help her get into PA school, but also help her follow through with her degree. I am thankful that she has shared all 5 of her wonderful sisters with me and I look forward to assisting them and watching them grow as well.
I’ll keep this short as I hope to start vlogging soon!
I spoke w/ my little bro Richie Le last night and told him the best part about this song is the authenticity of HIS story. While I am sure his song and video will touch people in ways neither of us can imagine, I am happy to share. I remember how excited he, his family, girlfriend, friends and myself were about him going to Vietnam for the first time. I remember gchatting him while he was there and the stories he told upon his return. I saw how the trip changed his outlook on the world and his life.
Years ago we often had conversations about the lack of SE Asian history taught to us in school, and thought about what a void that left when it came to younger generations understanding and embracing their own identities. I salute the teachers, storytellers, videographers, artists, college organizations, professors, non-profits, and the small businesses who continue to build on the foundation left for us. To those who continue to tell the stories not told in our history books. Thank you for sharing your many stories with the world! Thank you Richie Le for sharing THIS story with the world!
This is old, but its new to me! A great reminder of the importance of digital story telling. Sometimes how we present information is just as important as the information we are presenting. Around the world the innocence of a child’s future and the universal language of love hold greater priority than almost anything else on this planet. I hope we are doing our part to not only take care of their futures, but our own. Enjoy the Seattle sunshine. -AmbassadorNique
Last week I found out an old friend from elementary school had passed. As I racked my brain of our first encounter and ones after that with so much going on right now it was hard to think. It wasn’t until Saturday night when it all came to me.
I met Sam in the 2nd grade at recess playing basketball. Even though we didn’t keep in touch much once I moved away we’d always seem to reconnect. I remember our AIM rap battles my homie David set up and even the songs we made back when he was ‘Knowledge’!
I wish I had done a better job to keep in touch and I hate the fact he was taken away from us too soon.
I know he somewhere helping keep the universe in order.
Today I will attend Sam’s funeral. I can say I have been spared and blessed not to have to attend many funerals in my lifetime, and for many of us Sam is the first of our classmates to have passed. While friends have their beefs and fights and riffs, it was always nothing but smiles and laugh’s with Sam. Always down to make the best out of a bad situation and forever ready to just have a great time. Thank you for the memories, thank you for our friendship, thank you for being you. Rest in Paradise Sam Lott.
As we wait for the fine print to dry on how Seattle will implement their plan to raise minimum wage to $15/hour I still honestly do not feel one way or the other about the decision. However, we must support local communities around the world against global giants like McDonald’s (obviously just ONE example). If we cannot muster up the extra time and money that it will cost to support one day we will wake up to a world where global giants are all we’ve got.
Personally it scares me that (1) a McDonald’s cheese-burger and fries has tasted the same in every country I’ve ever eaten McDonald’s in and that can’t be good for anybody’s health! Furthermore, we MUST hold ourselves and the people whom produce food for the world to higher standards! (2) As much as I love and champion technology and how its helped to level playing fields across the world in business, technology, and education; I also understand the other end of the spectrum means that if we do not stand up for, financially and verbally support the people and businesses whom give back to our communities, soon all we will have is the corporation. As we see our beautiful city be gentrified before our eyes, lets start with ourselves. I’ve started with me. #FastFoodGlobal #WakeUpSeattle
The Selfie on our way to the gates our first day! We had a blast and would underestimate the fact that this cart had shuttled us 2 miles that we would have to walk twice the rest of the time we were there. Good times!