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FLIP (poem/book#1)



My name is Francesca Ani Garrett but everyone calls me Flip. I don’t know who my father is but the man who has been with my mom since I learned the word home has always called me his own. My family is poor but I’ve never felt it until recently. I guess when everyone around you is in the same financial situation, what you have or cannot have is as steadfast as the sun rising in the morning and the moon smiling bright at night. It’s December and out here in Chicago it snows and gets real cold (sometimes below zero). Mostly school is out on the “extreme” weather days, but what’s extreme if you have Southern blood in your veins. So far, twelve years of schooling and I haven’t missed a day. I work a part-time job at a burger place (to save money for prom), I volunteer in my building’s community learning room and I’m on honor roll. I am an assiduous student not because I like school so much but because I want to become a scientist.

I guess I have always been a science enthusiast. Science is like art to me. The way molecules are shaped and the way that life is molded in my care is pure joy to my soul. It saddens me to notice that not too many people around me feel the same way. At school, girls usually don’t get too excited about science or math. I remember back in elementary, our homeroom teacher was encouraging only a few boys to try out for the science fair and girls were being encouraged to do home economics. It is sad to see leaders supporting this really fixed mindset: good kids do well in school, bad kids fail. Girls need not to get pregnant and boys get to do their own thing. That mindset doesn’t sit well with me. I want to do something about it. I want to go to college and become a successful scientist so that I can be an example to young girls in my community.

I am ready for the next chapter in my life’s journey: college. I’ve already taken several college-level science courses online through this thing called MOOCS, they are practically free and I’ve done great. I’ve even taken some Art and English classes too. It’s 2 a.m. right now and I’m at the hospital finalizing my Common Application essay and waiting for my mother to give me the important information that I need to send out my FAFSA application. She’s been away with the doctors talking for a while, and I think they might want me to stop writing because I got shot at work, I’m hurt really bad and who knows if I’ll make it. Well, if I do make it, please know that my love of learning is strong and that there are three young girls that I’ve been mentoring who would like to see you consider my application. We are not victims of circumstance. Thanks for all in advance, Flip.


Thoughts of the week: You are a survivor. | STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) knows no gender, race or familial financial standing. Never accept ‘your place’.

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"If I push you fall, if I inspire you fly, you are loved as you are, you don't need to try." Book #2