Where To Go To College

And now Ms. Ndaba is applying to college. Young African

woman she’s a person who could make the world better

and she will. Where she’ll study not an easy question.

Born in South Africa  not a US citizen here on a student visa

sponsored by her boarding school because she does not

qualify for money from the state of New York she does not

qualify for the usual grants  CUNY SUNY not a good option

we loved Hunter College people looked like her teaching

studying  we are looking at schools

with complex histories could she study in Kentucky  what about

Kentucky itself many pieces to this puzzle and then, hard not to think of so many

students who want a chance to learn need an opportunity someone

to help them figure out what they can do  how they can do it someone

to tell them what we all know that there are chances if you know where to look

and in every single school there are people in community colleges and big

universities  people to learn from people who will be your friends

almost every night I talk to Bruce we met in a random college he was a transfer

I chose the school by reading an article  while I was waiting for my mother

at the beauty parlor about an interesting woman a lawyer who had

so many ideas  she had gone to George Washington University so I did too

I met Bruce and read and wrote some poems and life began but

for Ms. Ndaba  for so many other people trying for

better than before looking for people and paths and books

how to live a meaningful life what that looks like what that means

where to go to college one small piece of the Big Life Puzzle

and we are looking with Ms. Ndaba to find that puzzle piece now.


Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


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