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My name is Laura Duran. I was born and raised on my beautiful island, the Dominican Republic. I came to the United States when I was 18 years old. Coming to this country was a big transition for me because I had to learn a new language and adapt to a new culture, as well as new weather. My first years in the United States were very difficult for me. I faced situations that never happened to me before, but those difficult moments helped me to grow and be a persistent person. I learned that even though I’m going through a rough time, I should never give up. I am also a person who learns from the past and who believes that the past cannot be in vain but must learn from it.

I lived most of my childhood with my grandparents. I loved and enjoyed that time of my life. Even though they are not here with me, they are a very important part of my life and my education. They taught me to respect and love others. They also taught me that we cannot act without thinking because it will bring consequences, which reminds me of one of the habits of mind that highlight “managing impulsivity.” 

An important thing to know about me is that I’m the mother of two beautiful children who keep me motivated to learn and succeed each day of my life. Even though parenting comes with many responsibilities, worries, and duties it is the most rewarding thing that ever happened to me. My family is my biggest treasure. I love and enjoy spending every moment with them.  

I’m a person who loves nature. For me, there are not enough words to describe how amazing and beautiful this world is. I believe nature is priceless and I really enjoy staying connected with it. One day, I hope to have the opportunity to create my own scrapbook from the wonderful places which I will explore and know. I can add that I am a very patient and calm person. I’m very grateful for what I have and achieve. Also, I reflect as a person who loves helping others and encourages them to fight for what they believe and want in life if they do not hurt others. I describe myself as a successful person even though I still need a lot of things to accomplish and learn in this world.

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