Douglass Blvd Christian Church

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But what if you don't have papers?

I couldn’t always understand my students’ banter, but I pretended and continued with false confidence into the realm of thesis statements and college acceptance, encouraging my students to believe that they could find success on the other side of an AP exam.

’But what if you don’t have papers?’ a boy named Cesar asked one day.

’Which papers?’ I asked, stupidly – my mind on essays and homework.

’You know, Miss, Papers.’

We often talk about the plight of the millennial generation and its burden of educational and financial uncertainty. What we often fail to recognize is that these disadvantages are exponentially magnified for those who don't have "papers".

Sure, you can go to college.

Then what?