I really enjoyed reading "The Class of '89" (Special Report, June 7). As a member of the class of '89 from a high school in La Puente, I can relate to a lot of the struggles these students endured and continue to endure. I am one of the few who struggled to "get out." In a couple of weeks I am receiving my PhD from UC San Diego, and my husband Miguel, my son and I are moving to New England so that I may begin my position as an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
This will be a big change for us. We live with my single mother in Baldwin Park so that I may finish and we can save money. I think this is an issue that many people from my generation still have to deal with--you got out, but what about the rest of the familia? Luckily, all my siblings and I graduated from UCLA and don't have to worry about that issue, but I know many people who do.
Department of Communication
UC San Diego
Thank you for publishing that uplifting feature about Belmont's Class of '89. I had the privilege and joy of teaching at Belmont for five years during the '80s and can attest to the uniqueness and "can-do" attitude of those proud Sentinels. In spite of what most would consider to be insurmountable odds of inner-city new-immigrant status, notions of victimization or defeatism were alien to the majority of my students. Instead, they forged ahead with positive, cooperative attitudes, a desire to work hard and an unusual pride in their school.