Student Voices

Empty Bottles Filled With Life

By Ivan Taurisano – If you live in Jamaica, Queens, you are probably familiar with Rufus King Park, a sporadic green lung in the middle of the neighborhood, situated between Jamaica Station and Hillside Avenue,…

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A Reflection on Who I Am And Why I Fit At John Jay

By Joseph G. Homsey – At some point in time, at one point or another, everyone asks themselves this basic question: Who am I? This is a question that can be answered easily by some,…

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On the Edge: From Homelessness to the Classroom

By Kelly A. Ortiz – I was on the edge of losing myself, my home, and my dignity in 2015. It was just a couple of days before Thanksgiving when I was evicted from my…

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Visiting Rikers Island for the First Time

by Anna Giannicchi – In June of 2015, I was hired to pilot a project teaching English and Social Studies to young people incarcerated on Rikers Island. I’d never seen a correctional facility before. I’d researched Rikers the…

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A Perspective on the Shooting of Miosotis Familia

By Steven Pacheco – This happened not too far from where I live. I saw the cop cars flying to either the scene of the crime or the hospital. I’ve never seen police move out…

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