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My summer started off with my graduation walk. It was a remarkable experience that I looked up most throughout my college career. Walking at Mariucci Arena (Gopher’s Hockey Home) surrounded by the enthusiasts of their children’s achievements I somehow felt propelled, even though, my family was not physically there to witness one of my greatest achievements. I felt my efforts worth that gown, cap, and the diploma, and that was the day of my triumph, indeed. The day after, I took off for Dili and spent three weeks there, mainly for my brother’s one year’s ceremony. In the beginning of June, I returned to the U.S. for summer classes. For one of my summer classes, I am currently conducting a research on Timorese students in the U.S. regarding the effect multilingualism on their literacies. This study attempts to serve as a possible baseline for the upcoming Timorese students who are interested to study in the U.S. higher institutions. In August I will be moving up to Duluth in Northern Minnesota for a field session, where I will be spending most of my time in the forest. This will be another milestone in my college career as this will be one of the ways in which I can directly implement the theoretical mastery I have acquired so far.
As the time goes, I am evolving towards becoming a better student, though time, sometimes becomes the biggest constraints due to the complexities of the courses that I am currently enrolled. But, this challenge makes every trial worth. And, I am so much ready to dedicate my skills to help Timor in every way possible.