Joseph Young-Perez

Joseph Young-Perez

College: 
Silliman
Major: 
Undeclared
Hometown: 
Cape Coral, FL
Activities: 
Yale Political Union, Yale Ambassadors Program
About: 

If you are ever in the state of Florida, take the Florida Turnpike until you get to Florida City. Then, turn right onto Palm Drive until you’re in Everglades National Park. Walk calmly into the swamp. Don’t show your nervousness. After 77 steps, throw a piece of meat in front of you. Lloyd the Alligator will emerge, and he’ll nod solemnly, seeing that you’ve paid the toll. He’ll eat the meat. Don’t bother him while he does it. Once he’s done, he’ll beckon you toward a hole in a mangrove. Inside will be a possum with no name. He’ll guide you to a clearing in the trees that few will ever see, and even fewer will understand. This is where Joseph was raised. And even now, when Joseph is in a courtroom, he can hear it: the squelching and squishing of the mud. The gentle growl of the panther. The lapping of the water. The pitter-patter of Florida rain. They call him Swamp Joe, and he does mock trial.