Showing posts with label Dominican Republic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dominican Republic. Show all posts

Friday, July 10, 2015

Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

An undocumented immigrant’s journey from a New York City homeless shelter to the top of his Princeton class


Dan-el Padilla Peralta has lived the American dream. As a boy, he came here legally with his family. Together they left Santo Domingo behind, but life in New York City was harder than they imagined. Their visas lapsed, and Dan-el’s father returned home. But Dan-el’s courageous mother was determined to make a better life for her bright sons.

Without papers, she faced tremendous obstacles. While Dan-el was only in grade school, the family joined the ranks of the city’s homeless. Dan-el, his mother, and brother lived in a downtown shelter where Dan-el’s only refuge was the meager library. There he met Jeff, a young volunteer from a wealthy family. Jeff was immediately struck by Dan-el’s passion for books and learning. With Jeff’s help, Dan-el was accepted on scholarship to Collegiate, the oldest private school in the country.

There, Dan-el thrived. Throughout his youth, Dan-el navigated these two worlds: the rough streets of East Harlem, where he lived with his brother and his mother and tried to make friends, and the ultra-elite halls of a Manhattan private school, where he could immerse himself in a world of books and where he soon rose to the top of his class.

From Collegiate, Dan-el went to Princeton, where he thrived, and where he made the momentous decision to come out as an undocumented student in a Wall Street Journal profile a few months before he gave the salutatorian’s traditional address in Latin at his commencement.

Undocumented is a classic story of the triumph of the human spirit. It also is the perfect cri de coeur for the debate on comprehensive immigration reform.


Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Dan-el Padilla Peralta came to the United States with his family at the age of four. He received his BA summa cum laude from Princeton University, where he was chosen salutatorian of the class of 2006. He received his MPhil from the University of Oxford and his PhD in classics from Stanford University. He is currently a Mellon Research Fellow at Columbia University.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Stuff I'm Totally Sweating

Excuse me while I indulge in a lighthearted product review:

Every Sunday (usually on Sundays) after the day is done, dinner has been cooked and eaten and I'm getting ready for the week ahead, I usually take some time and do my nails. I always get compliments on my manicure and most people assume I get professional manicures but I don't. I don't spend a very long time on my nails either, just a quick filing to keep them square and a couple of coats of hardener and polish while I watch a little TV. So when I spotted the new collection of Sally Hansen: Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Colors at Rite Aid I knew it was a product I had to try.

I have always had a box full of nail polishes at home because I like to experiment and try new colors. Luckily, I have long, slender, pale fingers that show off a variety of colors easily.

I'll never forget the time my grandmother who had toiled hard all of her life looked at my fingers and exclaimed "you have beautiful hands, like a teacher." When I asked my mom what that meant exactly, she explained and told me to make sure my hands always stayed that way. Anyhow, right before our recent getaway to the Dominican Republic I bought two of the Sally Hansen: Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Colors and fell in love right away.

The colors are bright and modern, the polishes go on sleek and shiny, lending the illusion of length to your nails and while the brush is shaped thickly and clunkily square the polish lives up to its name and dries instantly. I've been snapping up some of them every time I see them at the local stores because they aren't available everywhere and you know how cosmetic companies are notorious for discontinuing great products. I hope that doesn't happen here - great nail polishes don't come along everyday.
 
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