Dual Citizenship Privilege

Overlooking Panama City, January 2020

I’ve only been in Panama for roughly a week, but compared to previous trips, I can feel a shift in the way I’m experiencing the country. Regarding Covid-19, Panama has several measures, rules, and restrictions in place that we never had in the U.S.. But besides that, it feels different. This year, visiting Panama has been a reality check on the ease at which I can travel between two countries and experience “the best of both worlds.” It feels weird, because I don’t come from a wealthy family in either country, yet I now find myself in a position where I have job and health security. I’ve gotten the vaccine. I don’t need to worry about the day-to-day socioeconomic challenges of the pandemic.

The experiences in my life have allowed me to grasp various perspectives: Black in a White community, Afro Latino in a White community, Afro Latino in a non-Afro Latino community. I once again find myself in the minority, but like I said, this time it feels different. I’m experiencing a different world view. It truly does seem like the sky is the limit. I think that’s what feels weird. For the past 5 years I’ve been grinding to put myself in a good position upon graduating from UT Austin and now I’m here. It’s a blessing and I WILL leverage the position I’m in to continue working for people-centered engineering as well as entrepreneurs in Latin America, Sub Saharan Africa, and throughout the diaspora.

I’ll update ya’ll if my perspective changes after my time in Panama.

View out into the Bay of Panama

Texas Ex . Entrepreneurship, Latin America, Sub Saharan Africa. Aerospace Engineering.

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