Until next time, Spenard

Photo by Young Kim
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Photo by Young Kim

Ever since high school, I always dreamt of moving out of Alaska and living my life freely to travel around the country — around the world. It was the wanderlust every high schooler dreamt of to distract themselves of being trapped in the days of melodrama and angst of growing up. As the years began to pile on each other, a few years more and a little wiser, I learned and cultivated my resources in being more involved in the community, in caring more.

My dad always tells me, “What’s meant to be will come to you. You just have to be patient.”

Patience is not my strongest suit, but growing up in the same neighborhood for 20 plus years has taught me to trust the process in becoming who I need to be in order to tackle the newest chapter of my life in Austin, Texas.

Leaving for Austin in a couple of weeks for graduate school feels unreal, but it really is putting in a perspective of what I have learned and loved in Spenard.

I was five years old when I met my 17 cousins at my grandparents’ house on Northwood Drive. I learned how to ride a bike on that street and met my friends in that neighborhood. My grandparents loved to grow plants and produce like peas and would share them with our neighbors.

When I was in fifth grade, my dad came back to our apartment with two little puppies that one of our neighbors were giving away. A golden chow and pit bull mix, I had to be patient in taking care of him throughout all these years. He is now 13 years old and still enjoying his walks and relaxing on our lawn soaking in the sun.

In high school, my dad found an old, rusted red Shimano bike laying around by a dumpster in our neighborhood. My dad took it home, fixed the breaks and let me ride around our street. Ever since then, I have been riding my bike from Spenard all the way to Westchester Lagoon whenever the weather was nice. I take my parents and my other small dog, Theo, with me when we bike around Spenard.

During my undergraduate years at UAA, I wanted to be involved in the Spenard community by going to local stores and restaurants. That’s when I discovered what supporting local meant by dining in at Pho Lena almost every evening after playing Pokémon cards at Bosco’s. I would visit my mom at work and grab an avocado melt at Middle Way Cafe before I headed back at home. I had gone to a couple of open mic nights at The Writer’s Block Bookstore & Café with a couple of friends.

My life so far consisted of connections within a diverse community in Spenard and making the most of living in Alaska. Alaska itself is not necessarily about being isolated from the Lower 48 that I had thought before. It has always been about connection, community, passion and inclusion.

My heart is heavy but filled with so much love for Spenard because this is my home, my family, my origin story.

As I go on to graduate school to pursue photojournalism and advocate for human rights, I wanted to say thank you — thank you for letting me grow and allowing me to find myself.

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