It’s more than just a last name. It is a big part of what forms me. I do not mean as a person but my roots, my culture, my background, my family, my traditions…my legacy they all make me up. Most of the time when people hear my last name they do not only think about me but they also think about my parents, Adrian & Socorro, they think about my brothers, Christian & Jesus, and they also think about my whole family.
Having this last name to me it means a lot. I have so many positive and rarely any negative memories with it. I remember when my middle school history teacher would just called me by my last name because he said it was unique and I knew how to represent it just like my brother.
He would always be like “Maciel Carrillo” or “Carrillo how are you doing today?” I would never forget that. I don’t just respond and represent my first name but I also represent my middle and last names. They are all part of me and it makes me who I am.
People might say that it’s just a name but no, it’s just a name if you treat it as just a name, if you actually make a something good out of it you will end up with a legacy. Your name is your first impression verbally, with that people will automatically stereotype you in a good or bad way. They will instantly think something about you even if they do not know you.
This is why I treasure my last name because it has a history and legacy with it and I want to honor and carry that on. I want to be able to honor my family since they have been well respected for many years in Mexico. But not only that, I want to be able to make myself a name that represents who I am.
Not only do I carry a history with me because of my last name but I also have to be a good figure to the world and the people around me. I have to show that I am strong, independent, intelligent, and brave. I want to go to college and become a OB/GYN since no one in my family has done that before and show that I can make something good out of me.