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The poet that composed “sans papiers”, Le Thi Diem Thuy, wrote the poem about immigration. However, I interpreted the poem not only about immigration but also about coming of age. Similar to how immigrants’ lives change from black to white, many people’s lives also change colors. Some change from black to white, similar to immigrants. Some start from blue (sadness) to green (prosperity). Everyone’s lives are constantly changing. Not only immigrants’ lives are changing, but also our own lives as well. Our lives is like a pool of water flowing into the future, constantly changing shape and color.

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After reading this poem, it really reminds me of discrimination today. Today, many people are getting hurt because of race and religion, especially with the current Covid-19 disaster. Asian Americans, especially the Chinese, are getting targeted in violent crime. When the author’s grandmother was getting scolded, it reminded me of how unfairly some people treat other people. Everyone is a human being living on this Earth. Everyone deserves the same amount of love. No one should be getting ostracized just because we look a little different or believe in a different religion. Everyone is similar when it comes to everyone living and surviving on this Earth. Spread the love so that everyone can get a taste of it.

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Seth Godin believes in picking yourself rather than getting picked by other people. Sure, getting picked by other people can lead to more success, but it is harder to do. People have a harder time making themselves perfect for the perfect future that they have. However, after reading the article “Getting Picked”, I believe that I would want to choose how I want to be. Being chosen does not mean everything, but choosing for yourself can change how you live in the future.

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One question that I would like to investigate is how modern music is changing society. Beethoven was a composer of classical music that I listened to on occasion. However, modern music has been taking over the internet. Modern music has been popular for a long time among the younger generations. Classical music has been dying as a result of the growing popularity. What makes modern music so different than classical music? Modern music such as hip hop have more upbeat tunes than classical. Classical music has been popular with older generations. Modern music is much more popular than classical because it is more fun than classical. You cannot party to a classical song, but you can dance to a good hip-hop song.

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