Hello! I am Jeromel, and I am a rising sophomore at Harvard College intending to study Comparative Study of Religion and Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights.
I was born in the Philippines, and I lived there for 11 years before immigrating here to the U.S. with my mother in 2011 where we have moved around from place to place across the country. We first lived in San Diego for a year then due to some pressing circumstances, we had to move out, and we lived in Chicago for the next 7 years. We moved/drove to Boston in the summer of 2019, but we then moved/drove back to San Diego in January this year. Our lives as immigrants facing the pressures of assimilation and the struggles of living as non-U.S. born residents have made me connect deeply with immigrant communities and their experiences. It’s what draws me to journalism and global justice work where these narratives are sought, valued, and featured. I am so honored to be able to contribute to BNID this summer. I hope to make use of this opportunity to be acquainted and connected with organizations and institutions in the Boston area committed to global justice and international development. I am interested in the area of law as it relates to human rights and justice shaped by my experiences and what I witness from my country of origin and here in the U.S. I look forward to pursuing the stories that Boston has on how it connects itself to the interconnected issues happening in this country and the world, especially as it deals with people of color and immigrants.
Going along in my interest in storytelling, my biggest passions in life are journalism and the Humanities. I love reading, hearing, and seeing people’s stories as reflected in books, art, and music where you would almost always see me in libraries, museums, and cultural events (before the pandemic). On the side, I am also an amateur Philippine historian and researcher doing a project that looks into my country during the Marcos Dictatorship especially with the rise of historical revisionism where telling this history is altered today to praise and glorify an authoritarian regime.