In Focus | The Pursuit of the American Dream

When Ricky Paredes was little, his grandfather used to point to Georgetown University as the two of them would drive past the imposing Main Campus off Canal Road. “This is where you’re going to go to school,” he would say. Paredes, whose family immigrated from the Philippines, didn’t think much about it then—he was in early elementary school, after all—but his grandfather’s broader message stuck: “He let me know that, to make it in this country, education was the way to go.” Here, Paredes talks with Trey Sullivan, Program Director for the University’s Bachelor of Liberal Studies program, about his journey from a public housing project in the Philippines to the bachelor's program. He also discusses his recent book—The Immigrant: Failing Forward in the Pursuit of the American Dream—which describes that long and at times difficult trip.

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