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BERKELEY'S NEWS • MAY 24, 2023

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Genesis Alejo

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Capitalism in America has infected us with a “go, go, go” mentality. If we aren’t working hard or aren’t stressed, we feel unproductive and even useless.
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Capitalism in America has infected us with a “go, go, go” mentality. If we aren’t working hard or aren’t stressed, we feel unproductive and even useless.
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Every time someone stopped me on campus to thank me for voicing issues facing first-generation students, I felt like I was doing something right.
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Every time someone stopped me on campus to thank me for voicing issues facing first-generation students, I felt like I was doing something right.
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I often wished I knew how to help my family and those in my community so that law enforcement wouldn’t take advantage of them.
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I often wished I knew how to help my family and those in my community so that law enforcement wouldn’t take advantage of them.
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Like I always said and still say to this day to myself and those around me, “You got to speak it into existence!” 
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Like I always said and still say to this day to myself and those around me, “You got to speak it into existence!” 
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When the time came to start applying, I poured out my heart in essays and prayed I would get into UC Berkeley, as it had always been my dream school.
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When the time came to start applying, I poured out my heart in essays and prayed I would get into UC Berkeley, as it had always been my dream school.
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My job kept me on a productive routine and provided little time to think or worry about external issues, but COVID-19 has thrown my life into disarray.
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My job kept me on a productive routine and provided little time to think or worry about external issues, but COVID-19 has thrown my life into disarray.
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It was inspiring to know that these young adults who looked like me and came from Oakland had managed to accomplish so much.
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It was inspiring to know that these young adults who looked like me and came from Oakland had managed to accomplish so much.
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We need people who we can relate to on a personal level and share our experiences and feelings with; we need to feel understood by someone else.
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We need people who we can relate to on a personal level and share our experiences and feelings with; we need to feel understood by someone else.
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Berkeley was never too far away from home, and even though I rarely visited, I didn’t think it would be that different from Oakland — but it was.
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Berkeley was never too far away from home, and even though I rarely visited, I didn’t think it would be that different from Oakland — but it was.
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The kids and I were on the same boat; I understood that they felt unsafe with the presence of an authority who is supposed to make them feel safe.
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The kids and I were on the same boat; I understood that they felt unsafe with the presence of an authority who is supposed to make them feel safe.
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