For this photo essay, we drew inspiration from the popular Humans of New York (HONY) photoblog run by photographer Brandon Stanton. Stanton photographs and interviews random New Yorkers on the street—no names, just their picture and a quote.
We scoured the city looking for millennials with a story to tell. Through this, we uncovered the hopes and dreams of strangers in this city, one millennial at a time.
What is the most memorable day of your life? “When I first came to America. It was a big change, both good and bad, with pros and cons. It was the first time I had left my culture and really learned how to speak English.”
How do you guys know each other? “We met four years ago in the same Korean camp. Now we’re in an immersion program, so we have some people we practice with. But we’re no good at it.”
Where do you hope to be in five years? “In west Africa. I want to join the Peace Corps and help with development there. I hope to help with education. They need all the helping they can get.”
Describe yourself in one word. “Vulpine.”
Who do you look up to most? “My mom. She’s very patient and mature. I’ve never seen her act on her anger. I wish to be as mature as she is.”
What was the best day of your life? “For a week last summer I was a sail trainee on the Picton Castle [a deep sea training vessel that sails Long Island Sound]. I would say Thursday of that week was the best, because I was settled in and wasn’t thinking about leaving yet. After I graduate I want to buy myself a sail boat.”
What do you think of Minneapolis? “I’m from Turkey and it’s my second year here. It gets cold, but I’ve got my flowers.”
Do you have any mottos you live by? (right) “There’s this quote by Audre Lorde that’s something like, ‘I’ve come to learn that self-care is not self-indulgence. Self-care is survival.’” (left) “Bloom where you were planted.”
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a large group of people? “Do something out of the ordinary every day.”