I thought I’d be going with my friends to college, but it didn’t work out that way.
As a kid, I didn’t care that my adopted mom was a different race than me. But as I got older, race became more important.
I thought political awareness meant living and breathing what I read in the news. But when my beliefs got twisted with other people’s opinions, I decided to re-evaluate my media consumption.
In life, there are a handful of milestones: first words, first steps, first day of school. But when you miss out on a coming-of-age moment, it can feel pretty sucky.
You wouldn’t know I’m Filipina by looking at me. Growing up, when people questioned my identity, I started to question it, too.
As an African-American teen, I often feel like I’m walking around with a big target sign on my head.
When I started watching YouTube on the daily, it went from being entertaining to becoming a negative impact on my life.
Education has always been important to me. But so is financial responsibility. With the proposed cuts to college financial aid, those two goals are harder to reach.
Here’s what I hear from everyone in my family: “Why you so skinny?” “Boy you thiiin!” “Get some meat on your bones.” Okay, I know I’m skinny. But bringing it up at every family gathering doesn’t change anything.