I am not an immigrant. Nor am I a member of an ethnic minority. I also have not grown up within a position of strictly limited economic means. Although I arrived to be at Fordham through an unexpected series of events, these events from my past have allowed me to be fortunate enough to obtain an upper level education. By living in this rather progressive city over the past four years, it has only further enabled me to value the importance of political awareness. I want there to be persistence. I want those around me to be filled with the desire of activism. Although I believe that the political climate has only caused heightened tensions among the preexisting problem areas of this country, I like to hope that in the face of this "time of upheaval" people will resolve these systemic inefficiencies with compassion, strength, and hope.