This was my first time to be on a radio and also for my friend Lidya . We were so excited and
terrified at the same time when we first walked in to the station. Oscar,the Host for the radio station gave us a warm welcome . He showed us how things work and gave us a brief explanation . we were really glad that we got the chance to talk about the issues in our schools (DCPS) and how to solve them. We talked about the drop-outs of some students. We also talked about the needs of ESL teachers and counselors in some schools. One the most difficult problems ESL students face is discrimination against.I personally have faced discrimination against and some of my classmates. The name of the radio is WPFW 89.3FM, Pacifica and the person who invited me to the interview was Inti Vizueta, a student that graduated from Wilson High School. There were Lidya Abune, Norberto Martinez, and Oscar Rodriguez. We (Manuel and Lidya) are members of SMART (Students Multiethnic Action Research Team) which is an organization that helps ESL students to solve their problems at school. When I came to the USA, I was discriminated against by a teacher just because I didn’t know any English. That day I felt very disappointed and I was wondering why I was discriminated against by a teacher. Teachers are supposed to teach and help students. At first, I didn’t say anything because it was the first time and I thought it was fine. Two months later, the same thing happened and I was so pissed off. That day, I complaint with the principal of the school, so the principal warned that teacher and told if him that he was not supposed to be discriminating against students because that was not his job. Because this is my first
time on the radio, I felt nervous. Well, at first I felt confident because I was going to talk about the issue I am most concerned about. I felt nervous when they asked me what the solutions for the school issues were. At that moment I could not think of anything, my face was kind of red because I didn’t know what to say. We also talked about Ethiopians because they are expanding in the District of Columbia. Washington DC is the place that has more Ethiopians than any other state in whole nation.