No one should take it

By Sophia Cruz Pineda  |   From : Honduras  |   School : Plantation High School

I have been in the U.S for two years now. I moved here from Honduras, my country. I loved living in Honduras, my entire family lives there. My mom and stepdad decided to move to the U.S in hopes of better education and a secure place to live in, since my country is still fighting violence. I always had this notion that the U.S was such a great country and that i would fit in and have a great time, i was right but at the same time i wasn’t. This is a great country, don’t get me wrong but when i started school, seventh grade, i was received with negativity from teachers and students. I was also told that since i came from another country i would have to do seventh grade all over again, that didn’t put me down though, i kept going. I remember i was so excited to move here but i was also overwrought because Honduras is way different than it is here in the U.S. I think one of the things i miss the most is my old school, my grandma and my grandpa. My grandma pretty much raised me and leaving her behind was so hard for me, the thought of me not being able to see her and hug her everyday shattered my heart. I can definitely say that now i have more responsibilities, especially having to take care of my eight-year-old sister all the time. My parents aren’t together anymore and that put a lot of pressure on me to become more independent. Moving to the U.S brought plenty of opportunities and many experiences into my life that i am grateful for. I am not the same person i was when I first moved here. I am so grateful i got my residency, which was a very stressful process too.  
I think diversity is what makes this country and world so interesting. Someone told me once, “If you were to turn all of us inside out, wouldn’t we all look the same?”. Being an immigrant has most definitely been hard for me, but it has taught me that no matter where I am in the world, I always need to respect other people’s differences. And to all you immigrant teens out there: you don’t have to be friends with anyone who views you negatively. No one needs that, and no one should take it. 

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