Diversity Magazine Fall 2016
Andrea Sion, Ecuador, ESOL Writing III
My favorite American holiday is celebrated on October 31st, every year, and it is called Halloween. I like it because this tradition is about having costume parties, going out with friends or family, having a good time, making jokes, watching horror movies, and children asking for candy at night. I have a memory of this holiday when I was in high school. The first time that I went to a Halloween party with my group of seven special friends, we dressed up as superheroes. We dressed as Batman, Robin, Cat Woman, Superman, Thor, Wonder Woman, and I was Iron Man. Our costumes were very attractive, sleek, sparkly, smooth, elaborate and handmade.
Lindy Sarmiento, Philippines, ESOL Writing III
Thanksgiving is my favorite American tradition. I was amazed at how people in America celebrate Thanksgiving. I have been celebrating Thanksgiving with my family for six years. Although I don't have any idea how it started, but I love how people celebrate all the blessings, even my family. Since we have a huge family, we organize a gathering two weeks before Thanksgiving, each family member should have one dish and one dessert as a potluck, and they all prepare gourmet food. The host usually prepares the turkey. Also, I can't wait for Black Friday shopping, where I have to wake up early to get the early bird specials.
Qiming Wu, China, ESOL Writing II
Traveling makes me happy because it is a good way to release my worries at any moment. It can help me forget all my sadness, trouble and pain. When I am traveling, I can do whatever I want to have fun with my friends or my family. It can make me rich, happy, free, and relaxed. I always enjoy my trips. It is a good way to spend free time in my life.
Qendresa Baca, Albania, ESOL Writing II
The person who makes me happy is my little nephew. He is two years old and his name is Anik. He is very cute and I love him very much. He makes me the happiest aunt in the world. He has started speaking a little now. When he speaks, I love him even more because he can’t pronounce words correctly, and it sounds funny and touching. When I visit my family in my country, he comes to the airport and brings me flowers.
Elry Erillo, Philippines, ESOL Writing II
Growing up, I always heard the elders in my family say that life is a battle for survival. The very reason of our existence is that we choose to survive each day. Yet, the reality is we will all face the end that no human can escape: death. As life unfolds to me, it seems like "survival" is an understatement. It's more complicated than I actually thought and expected. As a result, a simple question "What makes me happy?" is hard to answer. Indeed, life gets tougher every day. Gone are the days of my childhood when my innocence gave me comfort. As I became older, obligations and responsibilities followed.
My Great and Beautiful Family
Gloria Romo, México, ESOL, Writing II
My family is a cornerstone of my life. In my country, Mexico, a family is the most important value. I have a beautiful family that consists of almost 84 members: 10 sisters, including me, our husbands, 28 nephews and nieces, 13 of whom are married and also have children. It is a great family! However, the size is not important, but the love that we have for each other is what matters. Eighty percent of my family members live in Mexico, and twenty percent in the US. Our parents taught us that the family is the most important thing in life because they are always there for us, regardless of the situation.
Ingrid Tovar, Venezuela, ESOL Writing II
My greatest joy is spending time with my family and knowing that they are well. I always spend quality time with my family on special days or ordinary days. We share and talk about everything. My family makes me happy because I feel protected and loved. Knowing that my family is healthy is very important to me as well. The key to happiness is to have a caring, healthy family and always be together.
My Sources of Happiness
Irka Alvarado, Venezuela, ESOL Writing II
There are many things that make me happy. First, my family fills my life with a lot of happiness.
Eight years ago, my husband and I left our country to find a better life. In these eight years, we have lived in five different cities around the world. Traveling makes me very happy because I learn about various places. Now I have two wonderful sons, and they give me a lot of happiness because being a mother changes everything for the better. In addition, visiting my extended family in my country makes me the happiest woman in the world because I can share all the bittersweet memories with them.
Jeong won An, Korea, ESOL Writing II
My daughter is my precious gift. I got married very late, but I wanted to have a baby. It was not easy for me to get pregnant. I waited for 3 years to be able to conceive a child. When it happened, I was the happiest woman in the world. Although I had morning sickness for almost 7 months, I really enjoyed being pregnant. When my baby was born, I forgot about being sick very quickly. My husband and I were happy with our daughter. Zoe is 4 years old now. I often speak Korean to my daughter. When she just started speaking, she did a good job with my language. However, after she started school, she learned English, and she doesn't speak Korean anymore.
Jorge Brenes, Costa Rica, ESOL Writing II
There are many things that make me happy, but summer sports and summer vacations make me happiest. First, I like to go mountain biking with my friends or watch this sport on TV. Mountain biking is an adrenaline sport. You do not know what the mountain tours have in store for you. Also, sometimes you have to cross rivers, and that is what makes this sport fun. Second, summer vacations make me happy because of the fun activities. Perhaps, the main reason why I like summer vacations is that there is no school. I always go to the water parks and lakes with my friends.