ERIC Number: EJ780942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: 1
Lost in "Degree": A Chicano PhD Student's Search for Missing Clothes
Carrillo, Juan F.
Journal of Latinos and Education, v6 n4 p347-350 Sep 2007
This is a reflection essay that posits the issues of identity, education, and social responsibility on the shoulders of a dream gone wrong. Beginning in the violent streets of south Los Angeles, a young Chicano boy (me) becomes addicted to the word and inquiry at age 5. He follows the tenets of society, seeking upward mobility and happiness via higher education. In spite of being raised on welfare, he is able to study and make it all the way to PhD study. Then tragedy sets in; or an epiphany that should have come many years before. How much have I lost? Why do I not want to pursue the academic track anymore? Why do I feel invisible amidst visible characters engaged in daily living? Ultimately, will I get a second chance and will I be able to go back home?
Descriptors: Higher Education, Social Responsibility, Hispanic Americans, Violence, Males, Welfare Services, Doctoral Degrees, Identification (Psychology), Minority Groups, Self Concept, Alienation, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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