Diversity Magazine Spring 2016
Laura Garcia, Mexico, Writing IV
Two years ago I changed my life. I always knew that something was happening with my son Miguel, but between my work and raising of my three children, I hid from myself what was happening; however, my experience with him has taught me three things: 1) never make plans; 2) do not worry if something goes wrong; and 3) at the end, something better always comes.
Important Lesson of My Life
Neha Gauli, Nepal, Writing IV
What would you do if your brother did not respect you? I realized this not too long ago before I left Nepal for the U.S. My brother and I used to live in an apartment together. My mother had to work, so she did not live with us, but she used to visit us once or twice a month. Until my mother taught me to be responsible, I thought I was free and did not care about anything or anyone rather than myself. However, my mother always supported me, and taught me to be responsible and hardworking.
Pain on My Head
Yulys Arias, Dominican Republic, Writing IV
I never thought that getting straight hair was going to be so painful. When I was 13 years old living in my country, the Dominican Republic, my mother decided to get my hair relaxed because my hair was kind of “hard,” and she could not comb it anymore. For me that was a great idea. Immediately, I began eagerly awaiting the moment. Soon, my mother took me to the beauty parlor. It was 2:00 pm when I was waiting for my turn to get my new look without knowing the process that it would take.
Hard Work for a Wonderful Lesson
Julio Arenas, Colombia, Writing IV
It was a hot and humid April morning in Valledupar, Colombia; I was 10 years old when my father helped me to learn a life lesson in a particular way. Valledupar is a small city, but a few years ago, it began growing, and since then it has built modern and attractive buildings. That morning, we wanted to visit a new mall, but I had no idea what I was going to learn from my father that day.
My Life Treasures
Seongmin Ahn, South Korea, Writing IV
There are many events in a person’s life: some serious, some happy, and some instructive. Each of these events affects us in a different way, but each can teach important life lessons. I also have had special experiences like suffering a broken leg, receiving a free gift, and watching a documentary show; each one taught me something different. After these experiences, I learned helpful lessons. I learned that I am not alone, that giving is better than receiving, and that keeping a positive mind is helpful with any problem.
Changes in Life
Bertha Vargas, Honduras, Writing IV
Many years ago, I had a terrible experience when I felt like I was living in the middle of the jungle, with big, fearful and dangerous animals living around me. I always had lived in the city, and for me to move to the country was a great change. In the city, I used to open the windows of my house and see people walking, children yelling at each other, and cars making all kinds of sounds. I thought I was a city woman. Everything changed when my husband decided that we were going to move from Chicago to Texas with just a job promised.
It Will Come Back One Day
Maria Ariana Rodriguez, Mexico, Writing IV
It was just a normal busy and windy day in Porter, Texas, around 2 p.m. As I was driving to Wal-Mart with my mom to get groceries, we stopped at a red light. On the sidewalk I saw a man, woman, and their two children sitting on the sidewalk. He had a sign saying, “Lost job homeless need money to feed my kids”. When I saw the sign, it despaired me knowing he had lost everything he had and was not able to feed his own children.
Turning to Adulthood
Fabian Espin, Argentina, Writing IV
I think I grew up in only one day. When I was 12 years old, at the finals of a chess tournament in a strange city in Argentina, I played against a 12 year-old opponent. However, I didn’t know that I was really playing against his adult brother and father, too. This game, the place, and its final result made me suddenly grow up and feel confident for the rest of my life.
Jhonnatan Reyes, Colombia, Writing IV
I once learned a life lesson with the mail. When I was ten years old, I used to live with my mother in a rented apartment. The apartment where we were living was the same one where the landlord was living, too. That meant we had to share light, water, and telephone services. Her apartment was on the second floor, and ours was on the first one. My mom used to work all day because of her schedule. One day, when I arrived from school, I found and opened a light bill in the mail box. That was the biggest mistake that I had ever made.
Lesson Learned During a Robbery
Diana Lopez, Mexico, Writing IV
One day in the summer many years ago, I went out with my parents and my little brother to the new park in Mexico City. I clearly remember that day because it was sunny, and the park was already finished and open to people. That day, they had opened an ice cream store as well. It was nice to play and have a shop close like that one. I decided to go there before playing because I had cravings of eating something sweet. When I asked my dad permission to go to buy one, he said that was alright and to be careful. I did not know that by going to the ice cream shop, I would have a dangerous situation, and even though it was risky, I would learn a lesson after that.