Posted by Jenniffer on September 27, 2018
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Lipstick

The most important thing about me is that I’m unique, I was born April 25th 2000 in a small town which is called San Jose de Ocoa in Dominican Republic. For the past couple of years I have been living in New York State, in The Bronx. Right now what I like inside school is that I’m almost there to graduate and I’m focused on that. Outside school I like to go out with my friends and family. My plan for the future is to become part of the NYPD, and one of my dreams is to have my own beautiful family.

         The biggest way my life changed when I immigrated was my lifestyle. My family structure changed because back home I was living with my mom, sister, and father and here I only live with my mom. Those changes are negative because I miss them. I feel comfortable about the languages I speak. My friends, family members, neighbors and community are from different countries; for example, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico etc. Different cultural groups interact when it comes to the food. For example I like chinese food but I never visited China. I compare my life with the life of the immigrants in my community because we are here to work for a better future to give our kids what we did not have.

      An incident of injustice I faced when I was a child was that one of my mom’s friends told her I stole her favorite lipstick because I went to her house and I liked it  and my mom was mad at me. She told me I couldn’t use the TV or play with my dolls, and things like that. Two weeks after my mom saw her friend with the lipstick and asked her where she found it and she said in her boyfriend’s house. This was so unfair for me because I went two weeks without TV and without my dolls for no reason.