This snapshot was gathered in conjunction with the Maryland Voices initiative at Maryland Humanities, specifically to supplement the "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America" traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program. This collection, made up of stories of first-time voters between the ages of 18 and 24, showcases the experiences of young people as they wrestled with the 2020 presidential election, issues around social justice, the environment, immigration, and the pandemic.
Arianna Gomez (00:00): So, my name is Arianna Gomez. I am from originally Laurel, Maryland. I grew up in PG County my whole life, but now I study at Salisbury University. I am a K-12 ESL certification major. That essentially boils down to just me wanting to help people learn English as a second language, and also academic schooling, as well as also trying to help teach people who are adult ESL learners.
Arianna Gomez (00:32): Yes, I would believe I'm hopeful for the future of our country, mainly because we all want to live in the better world. We all want things to be better for our future generations. We want to take care of our planet and take care of our communities, and our country to really make things better than the situation we have currently. I believe that with the work we're doing currently, with the work that an individual can do, we really can change things for the better.
Asset ID: 2021.03.04.e
Themes: Community, democracy, America, hope
Date recorded: February 1, 2021
Length of recording: 01:04 m
Related traveling exhibition: Voices and Votes: Democracy in America
Sponsor or affiliated organization: Edward R. Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University, in partnership with Maryland Humanities
More information: https://www.mdhumanities.org/programs/museum-on-main-street/2021-2022-tour/