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Isabella Tran

Being the daughter of an immigrant family, I never used to pay much attention to politics. My parents, since learning a new language, establishing a career, and managing a family already led to a very busy life, never bothered to try to navigate the complex sea of American party views or to understand foreign political terms. They participated only in the presidential election and always voted for the candidate whose name they heard most accompanied by praises, never having the time to stop and consider whose policies might be the most beneficial.

My parents never had the privilege that I have, the time and ability to understand that the choices I make can benefit my community. And there are still times when I question my role in society and what impact I could possibly make. However, through my work as Editor-in-Chief of The Argo, BLS’s student-run newspaper, I’ve realized how greatly I value connecting with and serving my community. I tutor Latin at BLS after school and have been mentoring at the Murphy School in Dorchester with Project D.E.E.P. weekly. I’ve met extraordinary middle-school scholars, most of whom are first-generation Americans from low-income families, while working with the Steppingstone Foundation. I know that I want to play a part in making improvements for my community—these children, my neighbors, my family.

In whatever it is that I decide to pursue in the future, I want to feel as though I am doing something meaningful with my work, that I am helping others in some way. I can think of no better opportunity to engage in public service. At its core, politics is meant to serve the people, and that is what I wish to do with my time—to serve as a voice for my fellow community members. I am ecstatic to have a valuable learning experience while working with Shirley Leung, the Interim Editorial Page Editor of the Boston Globe, this summer.