Throughout my childhood, I remember waiting in long lines in the cold with my parents at my local middle school on Election Day. My parents are immigrants; my dad is from El Salvador, and my mom is from the Ukraine. The right to vote wasn’t really something that was represented well in either of their countries. So when they became U.S. citizens, being able to vote was really important to them. For them, it was meaningful to be able to vote every Election Day and to know that every vote counted.
“You’re going to Meredith Farm after this?” asked our tour guide, Matt Meredith, as I stood in the cramped interior of the Bucktown Village Store with 16 first- and second-year Scholars.
“It’s on the Byway list,” I explained.
“That was my family’s farm. There’s nothing there anymore,” Matt said.
The following content was first sent as a mid-semester email from College Park Scholars Executive Director Marilee Lindemann to first- and second-year Scholars students.