I can’t even fully put it into words, but meeting and talking to so many beyond incredible Latinos who are doing such ridiculously fantastic things makes me so proud and it inspires me so much. With just the Puerto Rican alumni alone practically all of them went to law school, are currently fighting for social justice, are attorneys, judges, organizers for non-profits, you name it they did it. Even with such amazing accomplishments, they were all down to earth. The entire time I talked to any of them, I felt like I was talking to one of my titis or uncles. They kept on saying we are all family, and it really did feel like it.
Meeting with the twenty or so Puerto Rican alums who were a part of Despierta Boricua, I saw so much love and determination they all have towards the Latino community. When the current members of DB told them that we are having troubles and don’t have a clear mission, they jumped out of their seats (one actually did) and scolded us as if we were little kids. Through that, however they showed how much DB means to them and how much they want to be a part of it. They immediately started discussing things we should do, what they want to do to get involved, and how they will always be there for us. It was awesome seeing how enthusiastic they all are.
Even after the student group reunions, former DB’ers kept on talking to me, giving me advice, and were trying to get to know the current students. I was up till five in the morning talking to so many DB alums who reached out and really wanted to see progress. The advice I gained from them all is invaluable. With all the contact information from the alums ranging from the founders to 2011 graduates, I’m definitely gonna take them all up on their word with helping Despierta Boricua. I can’t even describe how excited I am to get in contact with them all again soon, and see how DB will be in the years to come.