What Does it Mean to Be American?
It took a lot of self-reflecting as I became an adult to think about my life, to think about some of the things that had happened, and to see that it was truly an American story. It was rising up and working and being scrappy and being hungry and trying to get educated, and more: things that Americans have been engaged with since the founding of this country.
To be an American means fighting for your rights.
Civic engagement is one of the most American things you can do. It utilizes your experience. It utilizes the freedom that you have to speak on anything. It utilizes a democracy because somebody has to listen to you.