The Vermont Connection


We, Jeane and Maria, both identify as 1.5 generation students who felt like we did not belong where we were born or where our parents immigrated, but we found belonging through validation from our communities during college. Throughout undergrad, we distanced ourselves from our parents because of the rejection we faced, but we would like to rebuild our parental relationships by sharing our stories in the form of letters to our parents. This piece explores our experience of immigration and identity development at a predominantly White Midwestern institution. We write for 1.5 generation students and first-generation parents in hopes of rebuilding torn relationships rooted in differing intergenerational perspectives of love.