Diversity Magazine Fall 2016
Ivan Gonzales, Cuba, Writing IV
I have many people who have influenced my life. Some have been my parents, grandparents, and a few friends. However, the person who has influenced my life the most is Alfredo Zambrana. He was my jiu-jitsu sensei when I was a child. He lived in my hometown of Bauta, Cuba. He was always kind, but at the same time he was a serious person. He was thirty-five years old when I met him, and he was a tall and strong man. Sensei Alfredo was my second teacher of martial arts and the one who influenced my life with his classes.
My Mother: An Outstanding Woman
Jose Hernandez, El Salvador, Writing IV
My mother was a woman that studied only four years at elementary school, but thanks to her desire of service to people, her gratitude and obedience to God, she became an outstanding woman. She was born on January 20, 1934, in a village called Valleafuera, Department of La Union, El Salvador. Her name was Altagracia Hernandez, and she died 12 years ago in Los Angeles. She taught me as to see life positively, to love everything (people, animals, and things), and the way to success.
Priscila Godinez, Mexico, Writing IV
My brother-in-law has made me see life differently. He is the older brother that I never had. He has been a good influence for me. His name is Matthew Erickson, he is from California, and he is a veteran. He got married to my sister ten years ago. I lived with them for about a year when I first moved to Texas in 2015. My brother-in-law taught me how to be independent and to get what I want.
Yanet de Quintero, Venezuela, Writing IV
In my life, I have one very special person. She is not here anymore, but her memories will always be with me. She was my mother; her name was Martha. She was married for eighteen years to my father whose name was Juan. She had seven children, but my father died when we were young. She was a woman that revealed her values and principles with her actions -- these were her treasures. For her, a person can develop each of their own values and be successful in their life. However, she never mentioned these directly, but she always taught them to us with her behavior.
Karina Guzman Vasquez, El Salvador, Writing IV
My grandmother is the strongest person that I know. Her name is Ramona, and since birth, I had lived with her until I moved to United States. I can describe her as an encouraging and spiritual person. She was born in Corinto, a beautiful city in El Salvador. Her voice is a little loud, but it is what I love to hear when I am sad. She has been my greatest influence and my personal adviser. Her advice and anecdotes have helped me to be a better person and to love life.
Badih Elarba, Venezuela, Writing IV
I may have some people that have influenced me in my life, but there are especially two people who have been the most important. They are my two brothers. The first is my middle brother Jose who is 24 years old. He has just received his four-year degree in my country, and he lives with my parents in Venezuela. My other brother Brian is the oldest. He is 32 years old, and he moved to Texas one year ago with his family. He works for a company as an engineer, and I am living with him right now. These two people have changed and influenced my life in so many ways now to make me come here to study.
My Lovely Mother
Martha Martinez, Mexico, Writing IV
In life, people come and go. Only some people stay with you and do not leave. When they stay and impact your life because of the experiences that we have with them, they help you to become someone better. This is my mother Maria. She is a wonderful woman and example to follow.
Nhi Tran, Vietnam, Writing IV
If someone asks me who has been the most significant influence in my life, I will definitely say that they are my parents without thinking. My dad is a famer, and my mom has a coffee shop which is quite near my house in Vietnam. Although my parents are always busy with their jobs, they also spend a lot of time with me and my two younger sisters. As the greatest parents, they are always behind me, and they are willing to forgive my mistakes and support my decisions.
My Crazy Friend
Satetapan Pontappasarn, Thailand, Writing IV
Have you ever met someone that said curse words to you when you met for the first time? I had this situation two years ago, and this person’s name is Antoine. He works at the card shop that I usually go to. He is a really nice and funny person. After I became friends with him, I realized that he said curse words just to joke around instead of being mean. He has changed my life in many ways.
The Best President
Grayfryd Pinedo Cala, Peru, Writing IV
There are many people that have influenced me, but I have one person who has influenced me especially because he has shown me a different perspective and way of life.
Jose Alberto Mujica was the president four years ago in Uruguay in South America. He is 81 years old now, and he is still working for his community. He never had any children because he said that he never had time for them. He lives on his farm with his wife, and he just has one material possession, an old car. He makes me believe that there are honest and humble politicians in the world.