What I love about being Latina: That I am different, unique, and beautiful despite the common prototype. My dark hair, my dark eyes, my olive brown twisted skin tone. that I can communicate in Spanish if I choose to. Oh my gosh! When I roll my Rrrr’s!
What I love about being Americana: I love the opportunities that I have been offered career and education wise. I would not be in the place I am today if I did not have the opportunities I was given. But what I love the most about being Americana is that I able to learn more about different cultures.
My biggest challenge in growing up Latina in America: Was finding my place. I did not learn much about my Latino culture while in school and did not question it. Of course it came a point when I wanted to learn more about my culture. My mom did not celebrate “Dia De Los Muertos” nor “El Dia Del Nino.” Oddly enough, now she does with her students.
My biggest support in growing up Latina in America: My family has always supported my need to succeed, especially in education. They feel that the door way out of my ‘hood is through education. Regardless, I love coming from South Central. I feel down-to-earth, although some friends of mine say I am “Anglo” because of it. But I am proud.Why I am beautiful: Aside from my dark brown hair and eyes, I have a great, ginormous passion to help those who want help within the educational system. I am willing to move mountains to help high school students achieve their dream of going to college. I am beautiful because I am not afraid of lending a hand and not expecting anything in return. I am beautiful because I have a wonderful support group in my life, and I am truly blessed. I am beautiful because I learn from any experience so I can further help those around me. Mostly, I am beautiful because I am proud of my culture and heritage. I have no problem being Raquel! I am ME!