Q: What are your hopes for this upcoming year?

Stephanie Wipf
Stephanie Wipf

 

Stephanie Wipf, Brooklyn Center

I’m already working on it, I’m getting more in shape. I just came from a dance class. I have Type 1 Diabetes, and I’m trying to get better at my eating habits, and working out to keep my overall health in check. … I grew up dancing as a little girl in the big tutus and things like that. Got into the dance team in high school, became a hobby, a passion of mine. Now I’m doing musical theatre as kind of a side hobby, so I wanna make sure I keep that up, and it’s a good way to stay in shape.

Glaros: Were you surprised to learn that you had Diabetes?

Yeah. It doesn’t run in my family. I started experiencing symptoms and thought that something was very wrong, and finally after about a month I said, “OK, I need to go to the doctor.” And I made the appointment, and that’s that.

Glaros: How are you feeling nowadays?

I’m doing a lot better, it comes on a day-to-day basis. One day I could be in a really good range, the next day I could be up and down with sugar levels. Keeping sugars in check can really affect your day. So the more I can keep it at an even tone, the better I feel.

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Ken-Killion

 

Ken Killion, Minneapolis

In general, that we have some peace. People can kind of come together, and we can find some sort of peace. We can work things out a little bit more without having to go to extremes. And we can sit down and talk about things, and sort of hash things out, and make a better place for our children. …

I’ve been here less than two years. I come from San Francisco, I’d been there for about 26 years. And it’s kind of different there because it’s really a big melting pot, everyone is different. People tend to get along, I think, a little better there. Where I think here, it’s sort of “us against them.” And I would like to get away from that, and have more unity. The reason that certain people are being killed, particularly young people of color, is because of misunderstandings about a lot of things that stem way back. So I wish there was a way we could all sit down and get to know each other a little bit more. I think the more we know, and learn, and understand about each other, the more we realize that we have a lot in common.

Glaros: How do we do that?

One thing is that people need to get together and talk within their own groups about ourselves, and what we need to do to make ourselves better, so that people will understand us more. And understand where people are coming from, why things happen the way they do. I just think there needs to be more discussion about that, and more openness, more understanding. More empathy.

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Terra-Perez

Terra Perez, Minneapolis

To attend the Art Institute, which is something I wanted to do a while ago, just never got the courage. I’ve always been into art. I wanted a career that was something I loved doing, so I finally took that step to get enrolled. I’m very excited and anxious. I want it to be different this year, it’s a new year. I don’t want that fear to get in the way of anything I wanna do.

Glaros: What are you afraid of?

Rejection. I was raised in foster care. I was 6 when I was adopted, and I was 14 when I went back into the foster care system. I wasn’t a part of a family, so I always felt kinda left out. I’ve gotten picked on when I was in different homes, “Oh, you’re gonna steal my stuff.” They put us all in the same category. It’s not very nice. So I’ve been dealing with rejections for a long time. But it’s time for me to kind of mask that, and say, “I can do this, I don’t care what your opinion is, I’m still gonna keep pushing forward.”

Glaros: What do you wish people understood about foster children?

That we are human beings like anybody else. The difference is that we don’t have our own families, so we need other families to love and care for us.

I don’t know, this is a big step for me. Them accepting me into the Art Institute, that would give me hope that I could accomplish anything. There’s hope out there.

 

 

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