After having my life completely structured for 18 years, it’s up to me now.
I spent the first eight or so years of my life oblivious of my autism label. My parents broke the news to me in fourth grade. And when they told me, I started crying.
Atheism is all we’d ever known. But the first friends Cole made on campus belonged to a Southern Baptist church group. Not long after, he converted.
As part of our partnership with the New York Times Race/Related, Youth Radio correspondents from around the country described their lasting memories of a first encounter with racism.
In my family, we are all atheists. But that changed recently when my brother went to college and found religion.
Every now and then I still find myself in a potentially threatening situation, and I start to think about getting a gun.
My mom was 21 when she got pregnant with me. She had to grow up faster than her peers, and take on a huge responsibility. Probably 10 years too early.
Life can take you anywhere but you have to believe that everything will be the best for you.
She had just come over. We were sitting in the dining room, talking when she told me, straight forward, “I’m pregnant”.