What I love about being Latina: I love having curves and being proud of them!!!
What I love about being Americana: I love being able to have a Spanglish conversation with any of my friends and family and have them understand every word I say….while others may try to figure out what in the world we are laughing about. “Pero mi’ja, why is it que tu no cojes el telefono”.
My biggest challenge in growing up Latina in America: This doesn’t seem like much of a challenge but it’s something I have had to deal with my whole life and will continue to: my name. People never know how to pronounce it. Everyone always thinks its AmaNda..with an N but its Amada. I remember being young and hating my name because it was soo difficult for everyone. As I grew up, I got over it. I remember being young and on the first day of class the teacher would do roll call for the first time, and they would say “AMANDA”. By the time I was in the third grade, my fellow classmates were correcting my teachers for me. I no longer had to say a word, my classmates would say “Its AMADA not AMANDA”. I LOVE MY NAME!!!!
My biggest support in growing up Latina in America: My biggest support has been my mother. At times when I think I am unable to accomplish a goal or if I am scared to take a leap I think of my mother. She came to this country only knowing the words Good Morning and Thank You. If she was able to take that leap, then I have the power in me to do the same. Thank you, Mama!!!Why I am beautiful: I am beautiful because I have curly brown hair that I can make straight at a moment’s notice, a boisterous laugh and tremendous love for my family and culture!