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Unformatted text preview: My Secret Education: Community College Not Good Enough for My Immigrant Parents Pacific News Service, Youth Commentary Ali Rahnoma Posted: Nov 19, 2004 Editor's Note: Pressure from parents whose own educational ambitions were crushed with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan leads one young man to fake his graduation. I've spent the last two years of my life receiving an education from De Anza Community College, behind my family's back. During that time I had the audacity to tell them that I had already graduated. In fact, I was barely passing English 101. I lied to them because it is shameful in my family for someone to be spending so much time at a junior college. It's particularly bad since my cousins are all on their ways toward graduating from four-year colleges with bachelor degrees in marketing, engineering and other subjects. The truth was simple. I did not understand this cyclone of a thing called school. To me, attending community college was something that people my age did, just to do. I never thought it would take me anywhere. It was my only my involvement with Students for Justice, a politically charged student organization at De Anza, that kept me in school. I was becoming deeply involved in campus politics and constantly challenging myself to learn new things about the world. I campus politics and constantly challenging myself to learn new things about the world....
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