Oral History Interview
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Jeison Argueta is a student at Rutgers-Newark pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science. He was born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey. With his parents having immigrated from Honduras, Mr. Argueta discusses the responsibilities that accompany being a first-generation, bilingual child of Spanish-speaking parents and assisting his parents in navigating various systems. In regards to Covid-19, he recalls the challenges of helping his family’s restaurant/deli abide by new health and safety guidelines, which were made all the more difficult after his mother was hospitalized. He describes adapting to his Rutgers classes shifting to a remote format and compares his experiences to having taken online classes at a community college prior to Rutgers. Mr. Argueta concludes by discussing his involvement in Black Lives protests after George Floyd's death and how his awareness of social justice issues has increased since his initial exposure to the movement following the death of Trayvon Martin.