Upon my arrival to the United States, I quickly discovered I had a lot to learn about the English language even though I was fluent. I speak six languages and am starting to study a seventh, and they are all awfully important to me.
A few years ago, I found myself facing a new chapter in my life. I had just graduated from college, and was about to begin a Public Interest Fellowship with what was then the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved.
Colorado is my home now, but it wasn’t my first home. And since I work primarily with refugee and immigrant populations in Fort Morgan, I can relate to that experience. They are often considered “the other.”
At my last physical, I spent an hour in the waiting room and only seven minutes talking to my doctor. When it was time for my exam, she asked me to disrobe and said she’d be back in two minutes.
An interesting task: draw nine dots in a three-by-three formation and then connect those dots with four straight lines. The kicker? No taking your pen off the paper once you start.