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"I try to communicate with a lot of people. If we work together, if we help people, we can live better."

How long have you been living in Goshen? I came from Guatemala almost 13 years ago. I’ve been living here a long time. What brought you here? My brother was here and he asked if I want to come. So, I came. Do you have other family here besides your brother? I have two brothers here now. Is that your whole family or are there others still in Guatemala? Yeah, my whole family, my father, they are in Guatemala. Do you see them? I have not seen them in a long time, but I talk with them. Right now I’m […]

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If your life was a story what would be its title?

"When will it end?"

Why is that?

"I just want to know. I’ve got a lot of pain inside."

If your life was a story what would be its title? When will it end? Why is that? I just want to know. I’ve got a lot of pain inside. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Go to happy places. When I get really sad and depressed I just need to go to a happy place. What does your happy place look like? Being with friends. I have this really best guy friend who always makes me happy.  

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What was your saddest moment?

"The death of my grandmother. I’ve never knew anybody close to me who has died before that. I was sort of naive to the situation. I didn’t really understand how serious it was. Then when it happened it was sort of shocking and hard for a while."

What was your saddest moment? The death of my grandmother. I’ve never knew anybody close to me who has died before that. I was sort of naive to the situation. I didn’t really understand how serious it was. Then when it happened it was sort of shocking and hard for a while. If your life was a story what would be its title? Hope and Courage. I like to do things that are a little more adventurous and sometimes out of my comfort zone. I think that takes courage and not being afraid to get out of your comfort zone. […]

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What was the happiest moment of your life?

It would be two. My wedding day and the day we adopted my son, the day he came home to be ours.

What was the saddest moment?

Probably my brother’s death because it was unexpected. And because I felt afterwards like I hadn’t been the best sister, the nicest most understanding. He was sort of a pain in the neck sometimes.

What would be the title of your life if it was a story? Changes. Because I’ve had lots of changes in my life. Lots of things have happened to me. So would those changes be the chapters? Yeah they would be: Young and Stupid. Young and Curious. Self Discipline. Learning. What was the happiest moment of your life? It would be two. My wedding day and the day we adopted my son, the day he came home to be ours. What was the saddest moment? Probably my brother’s death because it was unexpected. And because I felt afterwards like I […]

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"Reading to me is as real as it gets. I have to read. Without it, I don’t know what I’d be doing, probably nothing, and inactivity is death. Reading instructs me in the present moment."

I met Lauren on a 90 degree day outside The Electric Brew in downtown Goshen last summer. Tell me a little about yourself.  I’m not currently employed. I quit my job a week ago. I was a day laborer. I was making frames for RVs. I’ve worked in factories since I was fifteen. That’s how I really got the feel of day laborers. I quit because of the heat. I mean, I’m conditioned to the heat; when I go home I don’t have air conditioning, but I have asthma. You don’t really respect money more than what you have to […]

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"When I’m around other people and in conversation with other people I’m happier than when I’m not."

If your life was a story what would be its title? A Search for Meaning. Why would that be the title? That’s been what has been my motivation lately. It’s been what I look forward to. It’s what has intrigued me about life. I like having conversations about that and ask people questions that dig at what that means. What is a meaning you’ve found lately? Well that’s why I’m searching. But I think its partly relationships with other people. When I’m around other people and in conversation with other people I’m happier than when I’m not. Are there other […]

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What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

"Never trust a man in a big white van."

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Never trust a man in a big white van. If you could give a bunch of people advice what would you say? Never trust a man in a big white van. If your life was a story what would be its title? My Life. What is the chapter you’re in right now? Teenager. What was the happiest moment of your life? When my basketball team was undefeated. What was the saddest moment of your life? This year, when my basketball team didn’t win a game.  

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"I get obsessed with certain bands for a few months at a time. First it was Green Day, then AC/DC then it was Beastie Boys, then Metallica and now I don’t know what it is."

If your life was a story what would be the title? Sleep and Music. Are there chapters that would be a part of that book? Maybe my obsessions. I get obsessed with certain bands for a few months at a time. First it was Green Day, then AC/DC then it was Beastie Boys, then Metallica and now I don’t know what it is. What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t do drugs. Has it been good advice so far? Kind of.  

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What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

"Do your best at all things you do. That should be enough."

What was one of the saddest moments of your life? The saddest thing was leaving for SST, leaving my friends. SST is Study Service term at Goshen College, where you go to another country to study for three months. I went to Nicaragua last summer. Leaving friends, church, my culture, being thrown into a new place, that was hard. If your life was a story what would be its title? Hymn Sings! Just because I love singing hymns, congregational song. I think its great for building community. It’s inspiring. I love them. I wouldn’t do anything else. If that could […]

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What story are you living today?