William Le

I am trying, I am not alone

William responds:

What are some challenges that you feel students of color might face at CSUF?

Throughout my education journey here at Cal State Fullerton, I do not think I have encountered any major problems based on my ethnic background. Although my experiences have been more on the positive side, I know that there are others who have experienced discrimination. There have been incidents where racial slurs have been directed at students which is absolutely unacceptable, and for others, the presence of campus police can cause discomfort because of negative associations or from encounters one might have experienced. What I do want to highlight is that I applaud Cal State Fullerton for providing resources and programs which create safe spaces and are inclusive to students of all backgrounds. 

 If you were to complete the statement “I am not” how would you complete this statement and what is important to you for others to know. 

I am not alone. The pandemic made me rethink the importance of interacting with people. 

If you were to complete the statement “I am” how would you complete this statement and what is important for others to know about you?

I am trying. I am trying to explore the world because there is more to life than what we are used to. I am trying to get out of my comfort zone and try new things. I am trying to see what new challenges awaits. 

In your work as Undergraduate Course Assistants, as you’ve reviewed the students work what things you learned from either the research, the narratives or the illustrations? What are you inspired to do as a result?

As I reviewed the amazing work from the students participating in this project, I have learned that every single person has a story to share. Everyone brings their own perspective to issues and they might be different from each other. It has inspired me to apricate the different perspectives that everyone has.