Stolen Dreams and Opportunities

Equity Voices SenseMaker Project Story or Micro-Narrative | View Story Interpretations (Summarizing All Stories)

When I was in college I wanted to study abroad. I completed my application and submitted all of the necessary papers. However, my advisor did not support my interest and he actually did not provide any information for me to review. My advisor told me that was not a good fit for me and that it was too much for me to handle with my course work. I had to do my own research for opportunities such as exchange student and scholarships. I did not know the process or where to begin, it was really discouraging at 18 years old. My roommate had the same advisor and not only did he encourage her, she was provided informational packets and then shared her excitement with me. Well, guess who announced that she was selected to study abroad the following semester with all expenses paid. My college roommate! The information that she received was not available for everyone and it was totally unfair. Inequity on so many levels. I had a higher GPA than she did, I expressed my interest and she did not but, was chosen! Information was not shared with everyone and the selection was bias! Application process was never shared!

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About This Story

  • When did this story occur? over 20 years ago
  • Date submitted: 2021-02-03 12:00
  • Gender: Female

How This Person Interpreted Their Story or Micro-Narrative

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  • My story shows we need to: Do things differently
  • In my story, the important players are: --
  • Actions in my story are driven by: --
  • In my story, people acted: NA
  • My story shows we need to focus on: --
  • In my story, people are: Treated differently, some are worth more than others
  • My story shows: People aren't heard
  • The experiences that shape my feelings on equity come from: My personal world

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