Little Lost Fish, by Marga Blanco of Youth Media Project

May 2, 2012 in Youthcast by Emily

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Margo Blanco may be small, but she isn't shy. Last summer, not long after moving from her home in the Philippines to Santa Fe, NM, Margo went with her Youth Media Project Summer Intensive class on a field trip to Albuquerque. There, she stood on the street with a tape recorder, asking strangers: "have you ever felt like you are little in this world?"

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Surely anyone who moves across the world knows what it's like to feel little. In fact, in the previous episode of Youthcast, Jacob Holley-Kline talked about how traveling to a new place made him feel like a baby — knowing little about where he was, who he'd meet or what was expected of him. But, as Marga discovered talking to people on the streets of Albuquerque, you don't have to travel across the world to feel humbled by its size. We all feel small sometimes.

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Marga seems to be a born reporter. When I asked her if she felt nervous or awkward sticking a microphone in front of all of those strangers — having just stepped off a plane from the Philippines — she said "I think, for me, it comes naturally." That might be because she's been reporting for school papers and making radio back home since she was in the 5th grade. Marga also likes to work in visual media, and created an animation in Photoshop that accompanies her piece.
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Fish image by Flickr_Wonderlane