What’s in a name?

A name might be something most take for granted, or don’t think about at all, but it can be a bit more complicated for others.

Immigrants and refugees sometimes adopt easy-to-pronounce nicknames when they come to the United States. And some families can trace their surnames back to an immigration office, where names were purposefully or accidentally changed.

That was Rodrigue Wasanga’s experienced when he came to the U.S. Listen as he shares the story of how his legal name became different than the name he was born with.

What's in a name?

by Travis Cornejo | Next Generation Radio

Travis Cornejo

Travis Cornejo

Travis Cornejo is from Harlingen, Texas, not too far from the border. After high school, he attended the University of Missouri, where he became editor-­in­-chief of The Maneater student newspaper. He now calls Chicago home where he’s pursuing a graduate degree at Loyola University Chicago. Last fall, Travis began a six­-month online fellowship at "Chicago Tonight" on the local PBS affiliate, which ignited his interest in digital journalism and public media.