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“We can forge our own paths like he forged his.”

“When President Obama gave his inauguration speech, I was watching from the Asian American Cultural Center at my college. I remember thinking that the ceiling had been lifted for AAPIs and other minorities. It was empowering seeing then-Senator Barack Obama champion new horizons as a minority, and his inauguration is a moment I reference constantly when I think about my future. His presence makes me feel like we can no longer take no for an answer. We can forge our own paths like he forged his.”

Samarth, Illinois

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