Alejandro Bautista Garcia Capstone

As Senior year came in closer I often wondering what I should do for my capstone, I never really knew what to do and always felt stressed about it since it was a project that I had to dedicate myself to for a whole year. As time passed by I always heard of my peers starting their ideas or already finding out what to do, at this point I asked my advisor, Mark Bey what I should do and he came with one of the most innovative and impressive ideas as always and told me that I should do my capstone of how live is an immigrant. I took this rough diamond idea and perfected it by turning into a documentary comparing lives of three types of people. Someone who was born here, born outside of the U.S and moved when young and lastly someone who moved to the U.S very recently.  

After taking this idea I realized that I didn't have so much time so I got started on it since I needed very specific people and barely had anytime to work on it. As weeks went buy I had a very nice amount of people that wanted to be part of my documentary as well as aiding me throughout this process. Many days later I compiled a good amount of interview and decided to show my advisor as time progressed in which my advisor often gave me good tips on how to make my documentary better which I'm proud of and I wish the world to see.

Overall this idea was very fun and I really enjoyed completing because I learned about many people who I only knew so little about and made me be closer with them since I often knew this people as acquaintances or sports friends and now we have a better bond and communication since everything that was sad was very personal yet useful. 


Davidson, Adam. "Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant." The New York Times. The New York Times, 24 Mar. 2015. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. This source is very useful because it talks about a myth that many uneducated citizen in the U.S. seem to have and use whenever they feel like. I'm going to use this link to understand different topics or immigration and how most of their lives are afterwards. This link mostly talks about why this myth is wrong and how it actually works.


Gilbertson, Ashley. "Uncertain Journeys." The New York Times. The New York Times, 20 Nov. 2015. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. I’m going to use this source to feel or be prepared to what most people have to say about their lives as non-natives from the U.S. This article is about Syrian refugees who had to flee their ordinary lives because of the acts done by terrorist who had be done some horrendous acts for example the Paris attack. This just helps me to expect more crazy or untold stories that not that many have heard in their lives and I want to project all of it during my project.


Land, Bev. ""An American Alien" by Dania Ramirez." YouTube. YouTube, 1 Jan. 2015. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. This is an outstanding story about a little Dominican parents that had to leave their daughters and other family members. After this they were talking about their lives as how it changed meaning moving to the U.S. going to college, learning the english language, owning a house, struggling through many things and even starting a new family. This is a great source because I really need sources like this or information like this in my interview. This helps me understand more and more of the immigrant life.


Leland, John. "Fleeing Violence in Honduras, a Teenage Boy Seeks Asylum in Brooklyn." The New York Times. The New York Times, 05 Dec. 2014. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. So pretty much this explains why most of the immigrants in the U.S. come to the U.S. to begging with. This is useful because I can expect a maximum of one person in my interview process to have a story about violence or something related to it. This source just talks about why this boy moved from Honduras to Brooklyn due to violence. This source will mostly help me to prepare myself to expect something big and make better questions for my interviewees.


Matza, Michael. "Congolese War Refugees Start over in Philadelphia." Philly-archives. 11 Nov. 2014. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. This source mostly talks about how most immigrants come from other countries due to war and poverty it says a lot about their struggles and what they have to go through to even learn about the new language. This link will help me to understand what most people have to go through in order to become a citizen of a country. This source will also help me to formulate better questions throughout my interview process.


Pappano, Laura. "First-Generation Students Unite." The New York Times. The New York Times, 11 Apr. 2015. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. This link is very important to my research because it talks a whole lot about being a first generation student coming from a family who migrated not so long ago. I’m going to use this source to understand how most of these people think and how they see their world. This source mainly talks about the first generation students or family members and how they live their lives. This mostly helps me with more research questions to think of and maybe how to get to important stories out of them.


Stanton, Brandon. "Humans of New York Refugee Stories." Medium. 2015. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. This incredible story is about a Turkish men who was affected by ISIS and how his life went from being the best in the world to complete hell. After a while everything started to get better, he decided to learn as much as possible I believe even learning roughly 3 languages followed earning a citizenship in Austria and getting things better with his family. I like this source because it is exactly what I wanted to learn about and it is exactly what I want to show people in my movie.


Editorial. "The 2014 Story of the Year: Immigration." The 2014 Story of the Year: Immigration. 29 Dec. 2014. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. This source is about current things that happened not so long ago about the immigrants being deported without any justice even being kept around the border in cages. This source also talks about immigrants not being able to have their rights properly followed. This source helps me understand the injustice towards immigrants that have no papers.


Vasquez, Ehiracenia. "A Life Without Papers." The New York Times. The New York Times, 02 Mar. 2015. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. This link is very useful because it talks about the life of many immigrants without papers in the U.S. and how difficult it is at the beginning but by doing the right process their lives can change very quickly and achieve the American dream that all immigrants want to achieve. this teaches me what to expect in my upcoming interviews for example people like I stated above and other sort of things. This source s mostly useful for my research and question making.


WENDLAND, AARON JAMES. "What Do We Owe Each Other?" Opinionator What Do We Owe Each Other Comments. 18 Jan. 2016. Web. 04 Feb. 2016. I used this website because it gives me a better understanding on different backgrounds. I’m going to use this website for some of my capstones questions because by doing so it will give me a better understanding on how to obtain stories from whoever I will be interviewing in the future. This article is about what would be right in terms of morale about the refugees. It talks about how nowadays different cultures are often generalized, a few examples that was brought up during this article was “Brits are reserved, Americans are outgoing” while “Jews are greedy and Muslims are terrorist”.