August 8, 2019


Citlaly Ramirez is a summer intern at Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. This is a story of how educational opportunities changed her life and can inspire others to seek out similar opportunites. 

On my first day of third grade, my teacher stood at the front of the classroom and asked me, “What is your name?”

I blankly stared at the teacher. A classmate who sat next to me repeated it to me through a whisper, but this time in Spanish so I could understand: “Cual es tu nombre?”

I responded, “Seet-tla-lee.”

Their conversation faded away and I sat there thinking, ‘What in the world are they saying? Why am I here?’

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