What I love about being Latina: Our food, our celebrations, our traditions, our way of thinking outside the box not because we need too but because we have been taught to do that by our continued struggles in America.
What I love about being Americana: I have been all around the world and no country as beautiful or exotic as it may be gives their people the opportunities that we as Americans have. The educational opportunities and the ability to live your dream is achievable in America. I am living the dream. I have a successful career, a beautiful home, great family and friends I love and they love me and I AM FREE. What else is there in life? If there is anything else, I am sure I will find it only in America.
My biggest challenge in growing up Latina in America: The biggest challenge I face and continue to face as a Latina Women is that if you find yourself wanting a career, you also have to be a super star at home. Family and friends expect you to still be able to make good tamales even if you are driving a Benz.
My biggest support in growing up Latina in America: I continue to seek organizations that promote success in our communities via education. I have been involved in various Hispanic organizations since I was in high school because successful Hispanic mentors have led the path. I mentor young Hispanics to continue the trend.
Why I am beautiful: I am beautiful because I am proud of both my American culture and my Hispanic culture. At this point in my career and in my life, I don’t feel that people see me as a woman or a Hispanic. They see me for my job skills and knowledge and that is very EMPOWERING.