Mayra Mendivil

Like all immigrants, I still remember it as if it was yesterday when I got here. My mom got divorced in 2006. After 14 years of being together with my dad, it was hard to stop seeing him. We used … Continue reading

Tam Le

“Go back to you country, dirty boy!” Oh! My poor boy! He couldn’t take a step forward or even look at them. He just froze there; stared at the ground with wet eyes, while all white boys were around him, … Continue reading

Chris Kana

Dropping out of school is a very bad idea. Why? Because it makes your life a whole lot harder. You’ll probably miss out on a lot of opportunities and it will make it harder for you to get a job. … Continue reading

Estefania Enriquez Ruiz

Roselia Araceli Torres-Ruiz was separated from her family and loved ones. Roselia Araceli Torres-Ruiz was arrested on March 18, 2008. She was in jail for 112 days. Ms. Torres-Ruiz was arrested for working illegally here in the U.S. While in … Continue reading

Laxmi Dahal

Like a bird in a cage I was persecuted For being different Where am I from? My parents are from Bhutan And I was born in a Nepalese refugee camp Am I Bhutanese, am I Nepalese. What do I call … Continue reading

Naomi Cummings

The Opportunities My Country Dreams Of I am from a little place where people dream a lot, but their dreams never come to pass. Some of the things they dream about are to have education and to have success in … Continue reading

Norberto Coronado

Undocumented Workers, Solo Warrior When you are an undocumented immigrant, your life is like a solo warrior…a warrior with nothing to fight with… Alone in the darkness With no family, with no… …nobody An immigrant with No jobs, no money; … Continue reading

Valeria Antillon

The Soldiers Of Tomorrow Many teenagers have a hard life. I’m one of these teenagers. I work about 20 hours per week and I go to high school full time, to have what I want or what I need. I … Continue reading

Grethel Ruiz

Peace in my world Peace in my world I have experience with violence with my family, friends and strangers. My friends get angry because they want me to fight with the people that have problems with me or my family, … Continue reading

Kalpana Basnet

Recognize Yourself It is hard to know who we are. What is my identity? Who am I? What is my race/ethnicity, sex/gender, social-economic class, and sexual orientation? My name is Kalpana Basnet. I’m 17 years old. I don’t even know … Continue reading

Mustapha Lumeh

On War: Citizens of Tucson, be aware that war is like losing your parents or becoming powerless in your own country, without regard or encouragement from others which makes you feel proud and honored to continue with your life. If … Continue reading

Rahat Nabi

On Immigration: I think the world needs to help immigrants. If someone new comes to a country from some other country to have better life or study, the government should help them. People who become immigrants don’t want to become … Continue reading

Mohamed Taha

On War & Immigration: War is one of the worst places to be without protection or power. War grounds are not a joke or a play ground. Soldiers are thinking of killing; people are hoping to survive. Bombs exploding, guns … Continue reading

Maria Carrillo

On Immigration: When I hear about immigration, the first thing that goes though my mind is all the people that go to other countries to have a better life. Emigrating is hard for many people that don’t have the money … Continue reading

Jesus Villarreal

On Immigration: I think the world has to change and throw out all the borders. All of the countries should get together and just be one country in the world. People should treat all people the same and to be … Continue reading

Francisco Chavez

On Immigration: Many people cross to the U.S. illegally because they don’t have a green card, a visa, or a passport that can help them cross to the U.S. without having a problem. Many immigrants risk there lives to come … Continue reading

Dioney Santiago

On War & Immigration: I think people in Tucson should know that war is not the best way to solve problems with other countries. We should talk about what we want for our country and what other countries want for … Continue reading

Christian Ledezma

On Immigration: Immigration has been a very big issue for years, and now with all these new laws that are coming up it’s getting even worse. Some of the laws are just plain racist and stand to hurt immigrants and … Continue reading

Abdikadir Omar

On War & Immigration: War and immigration are very big issues in the world today and I think people have enough knowledge or experience with these topics. I say this because almost every country has some issue with another country. … Continue reading

My Education, My Future

My Education, My Future Today the AZELLA, the Arizona English language assessment for refugee and immigrant students decides their proficiency and the level of their English classes. If we pass it, we will be in regular English, but if we … Continue reading

United? States

United? States By Awa Chibasa, Thierry Chibasa, Naomi Cummings, Bhagawati Dahal, Ali Hammed, and Mariama Kpandebia I was so excited to come to the United States. Given the name United States, I thought everyone would be united like one family. … Continue reading

Why Not Love

Why Not Love? Divided we fall, together we accomplish great things By Awa Chibasa, Thierry Chibasa, Naomi Cummings, Bhagawati Dahal, Ali Hammed, and Mariama Kpandebia Have you ever lost your homeland because of racism, discrimination, hate and violence? Do you … Continue reading

Hurting Others Hurts Me

Hurting Others Hurts Me By Fatma Hameed, Sara Mubembe & Flor Urquilla In Iraq, my friends and I called the new students in my school “ugly, little child,” and we made them cry. We thought what we were doing was … Continue reading

Kathya Castro

My Neighborhood Represents My Life My neighborhood represents my life; I have a special feeling to this place. My neighborhood has a lot of entertainment places but I do not have time to enjoy them. My family likes this place … Continue reading

Sethlina Impraim

Why is My Present Neighborhood Like a Cemetery? Every morning I see myself And my family alone talking. I hear their voices in different tones. I don’t hear anybody else talking or Walking in my neighborhood but All I can … Continue reading

Raul Oseguera

The Overlook at Pantano Football Club July 31, 2004. When we arrived in Miami, it was so beautiful, the city, the buildings, and overall the beach; that was so amazing. “I am going to live here in this spectacular place, … Continue reading

Rene Luque

How My New Neighborhood Influences My Life and What I Can Do About It Since I arrived in Tucson, Arizona, I started to feel weird. I don’t know why, but I was sure that something was going to happen. When … Continue reading

Mohamed Iman

Comparing Somalia and the United States My former neighborhood in Somalia was very different than my new neighborhood here in the U.S. My former one was so crowded because there were a lot of mango trees around everybody’s houses. When … Continue reading

Melissa Torres

Dear Daninza, Hi! How are you? I want to tell you how proud I am of my neighborhood. I would like to tell you how pretty my neighborhood is and what I like about it. I want to tell you … Continue reading

Lydia Galvez

What Happens to a Lonely Neighborhood? Does the neighborhood get jealous when other neighborhoods are glad, or does it get sad? Does it get happy when the sun rises or does it get frightened when the darkness of the night … Continue reading

Karina Valenzuela

Dear Carolina, I wish I could live in the same neighborhood with you again. That way we could go to the park and walk or talk about what happened to you and me. You should see where I live now; … Continue reading

Juan Avina

How to Raise Families Some people say that my neighborhood is not a safe place because they hear a rumor that it is a gangster zone, but that is no more. They don’t know because they don’t live there. Actually, … Continue reading

Daniela Nava

Dear Mariana, Hi, how are you? What have you been doing? Remember when I used to live in the same neighborhood as you. That was really fun, but now I live in the worst neighborhood you can imagine. But I … Continue reading

Daninza Bautista

“The Lonely Neighborhood” The lonely neighborhood, the place With barren streets, with bored kids And the sadness inside our veins. The Yelling of a manager, the crying of a kid, Which always is afraid of losing his Grin. The lonely … Continue reading

Amani Thal

Child Who Used to Be Fun Dear child who used to be fun, When you were a child, you said that everything would be fun and different. You used to think that everything would be easy to do. You thought … Continue reading

Steven Jallayu

I Don’t Deserve a Dreary Neighborhood Neighborhoods with more people, more socialization, and more exciting activities are never boring. A place where children cannot focus or socialize safely is not a safe place for them to live. A neighborhood that … Continue reading

Sadaf Hakeem

Dear Grandma, I wish I could come back to Pakistan, a place where I believe dreams come true. In that place, there is a small neighborhood that looks like a heaven. I wish I could live with you again in … Continue reading

Raul Oseguera

The Overlook at Pantano Football Club July 31, 2004. When we arrived in Miami, it was so beautiful, the city, the buildings, and overall the beach; that was so amazing. “I am going to live here in this spectacular place, … Continue reading

Mohamed Konneh

Struggle in My Hood I grew up with the struggle, In my country and now It’s the same hard struggle of Immigrant life in the U.S. When I look at myself, I see how my life changed So fast with … Continue reading

Mighty Tolwi

Dear Mac, Hey dude, in my neighborhood it is like people don’t have jobs. You can’t hear the sound of the engine in the morning dude and in my hood, you will see only one car come out of its … Continue reading

Margarita Ochoa

In this life, there are a lot of things that change, like in my neighborhood. It is a very boring place; the only thing that you can hear are the leaves of the trees falling down. Maguie, in my neighborhood, … Continue reading

Kelvin Jallayu

The Effects of Smoking in My Neighborhood Not like there are not other ways of affecting the neighborhood, but the most dangerous and distorting way of affecting the neighborhood is by smoking. Smoking around the neighborhood affects your neighbors around … Continue reading

Karla Moreno

Dear Dulce Rojas, I hope that you are doing great. I miss all of you guys a lot and I miss the place where I used to live. I’m now living in Tucson, Arizona. My neighborhood is so boring. None … Continue reading

Julio Padilla

Dear Julio, Hi, how are you? How is your life going? In your neighborhood is everything still the same? Are you still going to the same high school? Are you still playing soccer? Are you still having the same girlfriend? … Continue reading

Joseph Thal

The Crazy Apartment Before the Nice One and One Bill After Another I still remember our old apartment. I see it in my mind like I lived in a jail, a dangerous railroad, a wrong place to live. My family … Continue reading

Jesus Valenzuela

My Neighborhood My neighborhood where I used to live was boring because there was nothing to do outside. It was lonely because no one was outside playing. Everyone fould just be inside on their home. And there was no park … Continue reading

Jesus Carrillo

The Different Perspectives of a Neighborhood My neighborhood is a safe place for homeless people and alcoholics. At daytime, it is really calm, but when the sun settles down, the homeless start to rise from north, south, east, and west. … Continue reading

Bob Odu

My Neighborhood View My neighborhood is a small area in southern Tucson. We live right next to “A” mountain. My neighborhood is surrounded by tall buildings and mountains. Before living here, we lived on Swan and Grant. It was our … Continue reading

Aminata Sawyer

My Neighborhood How precious and beautiful My Tucson neighborhood is Look at my neighborhood shining Like the sun from above Gleaming like silver and gold I love sitting at my window most of my quiet moments Watching the birds playing … Continue reading

Jorge Guerrero

Memories of My Grandfather Ever since I was little, I always had a gun. My first gun was from my grandfather. He made it for me when I was like 4 years old. It was a rifle that was made … Continue reading

Hawa Bealue

Kids Come Knocking at the Door Kids come knocking at the door every second, asking for my little brother to come out for them to play. All I do is sit in the house twenty-four hours a day. Not because … Continue reading

Elizabeth Berber

Bad People in the Neighborhood It was a very nice neighborhood She was a very nice person Until bad people came to the neighborhood Until she met this boy I never thought it was going to be like that She … Continue reading

Francisco Nunez

Dear Francisco, Hello Francisco. How are you doing? I hope well. I’m just writing you this letter to tell you about the neighborhood where you are going to live in the future and play soccer. I know that you are … Continue reading

David Fonseca

Mystery in the Neighborhood Chapter 1 “Run,” I said when I saw the shadow behind Chris. He started screaming desperately. I could see in his eyes the fear of the impotence while running. Just a few seconds passed when the … Continue reading

Jose Cabrera

Battle in the Neighborhood If you go to my neighborhood, you would see both revitalization and deterioration. There are some old houses that are being torn down to make room for the new ones. What is so cool about those … Continue reading

Josephina Thal

Imagining the Neighborhood You Have Never Seen Dear Josephina, remember the time when you and I used to sit outside when the sun would go down, looking upon the, seeing airplanes flying, and imagine how America would look when we … Continue reading

Joddy Borrego

In my neighborhood, nobody sticks together. Maybe it does not deserve the name neighborhood. Dear Joddy (16 years old), Hi Joddy. How are you? Hope you are doing ok. Well, I just wanted to write to you and really talk … Continue reading

Jesus Morales

Dear Ulises, What’s up? I hope your life is going great. I just want to say hi and see how things are going with you and talk to you a little bit about how good and relaxing my new neighborhood … Continue reading

Ivonne Franco

Dear Nany, Hi! How are you? I hope you are good. I write this letter because I am bored and I am going to tell you about my new neighborhood and my old neighborhood. My new neighborhood and my house … Continue reading

Eliseo Egurrola

Hi Jesus, I’ve written this letter to you so that you can see how my neighborhood is in the United States. Here in my neighborhood there is lots of Mexican culture; of course there isn’t as much as in Mexico. … Continue reading

David Coronado

The American Dream The American dream is truly outstanding for some but not for everybody. My family, for example, is doing a fine job in America When my dad first came to America, he was illegal And alone His life … Continue reading

Daniela Romero

Dear Mariana, Hi! How are you? I hope you and your family are okay. That’s what I hope. I wonder what’s happening over there. You know I miss you a lot, as well as our friends from school, and everything … Continue reading

Daniel Martinez

From Daniel (age 15) Dear Daniel (age 8), Hi Daniel. Maybe you are asking yourself who I am, why I put the age on this letter, or why I’m writing to you without you knowing me. Let me explain why. … Continue reading

Alma Ruiz

Poverty-Let’s End It Pobrasa – Terminémosla Living in poverty is painful because you feel depression stress and especially isolation. Getting no help from no one thinking the worst. Can’t even get a good education because you can’t afford to buy … Continue reading

Mallidy Maie

Scared to ask questions I always want to get more help with my work, but I don’t know how to ask my teacher because I am afraid to ask. I am scared to ask when I need help because it … Continue reading

Chandra Khanal

I am Chandra. I am from Nepal. Over 105,000 Bhutanese have spent up to 15 years living in refugee camps established in Nepal by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. The UNHCR and agency volunteers help people to get … Continue reading

Ngenzirabona Jerome

Behave History: The things you should do to get respect are: 1. First you should respect yourself. If you have respect for yourself, you feel better. 2. When you feel better, you feel like helping others. 3. When you help … Continue reading

Khabib Shakmamedov

Help for Newcomers I came to the U.S. on February 9, 2006. A refugee resettlement agency, the I.R.C., helped my family to get food, a bus pass and things for the apartment. They gave us nice beds, a nice TV, … Continue reading

Egide Nduwimana

Facing A New Language ~The Change I (We) Need School is my hope and dream. School is my home, and school brings me tranquility. I’m a guy who’s growing in his dreams and in the encouragements of his community around … Continue reading

Martin Macias

Help for the Needy In the United States, there is a lot of help. There is help for refugees, homeless people, animals, and veterans. There is even help for people outside the country. The problem is that there is almost … Continue reading

Zeljka Klipic

How I Feel about ESL English: In Tucson now there is a policy that students from different countries who are not proficient in English, according to the AZELLA test, have to have four hours of ESL English. When new students … Continue reading

Ali Hameed

When People Don’t Think about Others: When I moved from Baghdad to Egypt, my life changed because there were a lot of different people to see and many different things that I hadn’t learned. It was like something happened to … Continue reading

Khanifa Falilova

Creating a Change of Four ESL Classes: I want to change four classes of ESL I feel uninterested in studying four hours of English. The government has made this decision that if a student doesn’t pass the AZELLA test, they … Continue reading

Laxmi Dahal

Be in My Shoes or Change is Needed ~ When I entered Catalina Magnet High School, I felt like I was in my dream land. Being an immigrant student and not having a proficient level of English, I was placed … Continue reading

Bhagawati Dahal

GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE BEFORE YOU JUDGE THEM I grew up in a small and crowded city in a refugee camp in Nepal where I saw people judging each other by how they look, how they act and their … Continue reading

Thierry Chibasa

Think Twice Before You Judge D.R. Congo, French/Swahili Thierry is the name I was given by my parents when God allowed me to live. It means “no troubles,” but my own country has many troubles. I came from one of … Continue reading

Awa Chibasa

STOP DISCRIMINATION Discrimination! Discrimination! Discrimination! Where are we going with hate, prejudice and conflict? Feeling like this race is better than that, We cannot change what God created, because we are his image. Whites, Black, Asians we are all human … Continue reading

Amina Abdulkadir

Arizona Law is Affecting what we Need to Take: Many of the students at Catalina Magnet High School have four hours of English when they are supposed to be taking the classes they need to graduate. If they do not … Continue reading

Shahin Ighani

“Are you a terrorist?” Students in my middle school classes used to ask me. My face got red, and I got angry. I got up and went outside. They started telling me bad words. They also called me names. After … Continue reading

Fatma Hameed

Judging People: I feel that people who judge each other are too bad. In Iraq, I was one of them because I had friends in school and we were judging the new students. I didn’t know how we made them … Continue reading

Tuyizere Frorasi

When I was a little child, I liked to play so much with friends. There was one of my friends, not really my friend, who liked to fight with us. She wanted to judge everything I did. She wanted me … Continue reading

Nailya Falilova

Behave in class – I have a class in which I don’t know anybody; I don’t have a friend in that class. In that class, I see people who don’t care who is sitting next to them, even if I … Continue reading

Tinsaye Eshate

Care about your Education: The most important thing in my life is to make my mom and my family happy. My mom is happy when I get a good grade because she knows that I did well in the classroom. … Continue reading

Eka Chibasa

TILL WHEN, DIVISION??? When is life going to change with its difficulties of people being divided? Most people practice division, but not unity. We are different, but yet equal. When I left my continent of Africa I thought life will … Continue reading

Adan Amador

In 1995, when I was seven years old, I started to meet a lot of people in my community of La Lima in Honduras and learn about them. Many people recognized me because of my father. He was very popular, … Continue reading

Yassir Al Khazrag

School Education: I misbehave in my classes for a lot of reasons: 1) Sometimes I don’t understand what the teacher talks about. 2) Or sometimes I feel shy 3) Or sometimes I hate the class that I’m studying in; it … Continue reading

Purna Kafley

True Me A day with lots of light Ready to show myself a way how to fight We used to fight with colors in Nepal Competing to put more colors on other’s faces It was a tradition, holi parva I … Continue reading

Sukay Slea

The Voice of My Soul I am African The land of my soul I am African The spirit of my heart Africa is with me, inside me I am African The lonely star on the edge Far from my thought … Continue reading

Kadar Iman

The Problem with Smoking Smoking is a serious problem in our world and a serious issue in my family. It will cause a big problem for the family. If somebody smokes, it hurts all the people who live in the … Continue reading

Salou Word

Drugs She is someone I can trust. She can listen to what I say, and what I do. She can be with me. She is like a sister to me. She tells me the right thing to do. She’s important … Continue reading

Rahat Nabi

Why Hurt Other People’s Life with Your Life?” A conversation between a son and his mom Depression, depression… Why depression, huh? Why do you have to be depressed? Why hurt other people’s life With your life Why, I said. Why … Continue reading

Mohamed Taha

Gangsters Don’t Die, We Multiply Gangs are growing everyday in our society today and youth don’t just get in a gang for a color. It is for drugs, money and human smuggling. All the local and state authorities think all … Continue reading

Lawrence Kanneh

Effects of War Civil War in Sierra Leone. The war started with politics and violence and was fought from 1996 to 2001. I was sitting with my family eating dinner when we heard gun shots. My family did not know … Continue reading

Jorge Guerrero

The Vicious Cycle My experience with alcohol is that alcohol is everywhere. Wherever I go, alcohol is there. I see alcohol at the store, family member’s houses, friend’s houses and my house. It’s every where. My parents know I drink, … Continue reading

Ismail Mberwa

Smoking My friend was with me all the time. We used to go to the same school. We used to play soccer on the same team in Kenya, but what my friend was doing was not right. He was smoking … Continue reading

Ihab Abed

Smoking My problem started after we moved from Iraq to Jordan. My life in Jordan was really boring; I had nothing to do beside wasting and staying home most of the time. That was very frustrating, but I had no … Continue reading

Sara Nabi

Depression I feel like I am in a coma. I can’t experience any thing that I hear or I see. I can breathe and eat But the rest Of my body is Like a dead person. That can move But … Continue reading

Sabir Kenya-Wani

To All People Suffering from Depression We all know and understand that depression is a serious disease and a difficult problem for teenagers and adults to solve. Depression creates intense feelings of loneliness which can lead people to dangerous situations. … Continue reading

Mustapha Lumeh

Bullying Eliminates Your Self Expression I was eleven years old when I got promoted to secondary school (high school).My hope and dreams were to attend a boarding school in Bo, Sierra Leone. I made up my mind to go to … Continue reading

Joseph Howe

Effects of War on Health Growing up as a kid I had a profitable life in my hometown in Liberia. I had every thing a boy could ever want. Things were going fine. My mom and father were together. The … Continue reading

Ilse Rivera

Alcoholism & Drugs Changed My Friend I remember my friend as a healthy person. When we were in middle school She was my best friend, She was one of the most popular girls from middle school, She was very intelligent, … Continue reading

Francisco Chavez

November 28, 2007 Dear uncle, Hey what’s up? It’s me, Francisco Chavez. I am writing this letter to you so I can warn you about what alcohol can do to your life and your family. I did some research in … Continue reading

Dioney Santiago

Resist Peer Pressure: A Letter to a Friend Dear Friend, I know you are going through a lot of problems lately this year. I know because I remember when we went to that one party where we met two big … Continue reading

Andrea Gamez

Depression My story is just one more to tell; but to me it is a very important piece of my life. Telling this piece of my life is like making a big confession to you. I hope this story can … Continue reading

Abdikadir Omar

Somali Culture and Teenage Pregnancy I believe that everything happens the way people choose. I am saying this because people are not the same; we have different cultures and beliefs. For example, the culture and traditions in Somalia and in … Continue reading

Suleiman Siddiqi

In February 2008, I arrived in America from a very long and tiring journey. But I was happy because coming to America was our dream. At some point, I thought it is the time to achieve the best of our … Continue reading

Andres Valles Mezquita

Andres Valles Mezquita 5505 S. Mission Rd., Apt. # 10101 Tucson Arizona 85746 March 31, 2009 Dear, I am a high school student and I’m doing a project on unemployment. Please take action on the economy. You know that the … Continue reading

Amada Isabel Chavira

What Could Happen Next? School? Do you like school? Maybe not, maybe yes Who invented the jail? Is it the same person who invented the school? I don’t know, I want to know who did that. Study, study, and study … Continue reading

Amna Falah

I Lived in a Bubble Hi, my name is Amna Falah. I came from Kuwait. I’m 16 years old. I came to U.S before 7 months. Our  projects are about American dream, and change. We work hard in this project … Continue reading

Khanifa Falilova

My name is Khanifa Falilova. I’m from Voronezh, Russia. I have been living in the United States for 3 years. My movie is about “Peace.” I made this movie to show people that peace is important in the world. I … Continue reading

Laxmi Dahal

Voice From Exile Hi everyone. I am Laxmi Dahal. I came from Nepal and my dream is to be an engineer. I did 182 days of hard work on the Finding Voice Project, including 24 hours of brainstorming and 6 … Continue reading

Isabel Chavira

What Could Happen Next? My name is Isabel Chavira, and I am from Chihuahua, Mexico. I have been in Tucson, AZ for four years. I came to the United States when I was fourteen years old; now I am almost … Continue reading

Jonathan Chavez

My name is Jonathan Chavez, and I’m 15 years old. I’m from Mexico; almost all of my family is from there. I have been here in Tucson for almost nine years. I’m planning to finish high school here at Catalina … Continue reading

Nuam AL Khaldi

My name is Nuam AL Khaldi, which means the bountiful life. I’m a junior at Catalina Magnet High School. I was born in Kuwait, my home country. I will be a senior next year and I’m so excited to be … Continue reading

Nilufar Akhmedova

I Have a Choice Turkish culture has very different systems from other cultures. In my culture, girls should get married before eighteen years old. In my culture, I can’t choose my life partner; my parents will choose someone for me, … Continue reading

Ahmed Abed

“My Life” FROM IRAQ TO JORDAN One day, when I was six years old, I was leaving school and running to my house. My mom was busy packing our house stuff. My mom said, “You don’t have to go to … Continue reading

Eugenia Jallayu

The profound story Living the life of a happy child, Guess I’m very lucky Yet I don’t know how to speak the language of my homeland Just ask and I’ll say Yes, I speak Liberian English. I understand Krahn and … Continue reading

Arthur Jallayu

The Positive Place for Kids and Teenagers Hi people of the world. Let me take you on a tour of my neighborhood. When I take you around my neighborhood, you will wish to live here. I live in a unique … Continue reading

Amelia Jallayu

My Very Own Neighborhood Dear Jaltoh, If I were to tell you how much I miss our neighborhood, I would just bring back the past memory of how we all used to play together and how I miss all of … Continue reading

Ganesh Adhikari

What Actually Makes Me Who I Am Have you ever wondered what exactly makes you who you are? Is it your house, parents, religion or culture? A person’s identity is his own; no one added it to them nor can … Continue reading

Cintia Ayon

Looking for a Future / Buscando por un Futuro I’m like a rose that needs care Soy como una rosa que necesita mucho cuidado I can be depressed but the next day happy Pudiendo estar deprimida pero al día siguiente … Continue reading

Omar Azat

My Identity Is Vivid I am a long-lived communicator I am powerful like a sun I am peaceful like a white dove White for happiness My identity is like a sage for the ages I am honest like a wolf … Continue reading

Bahaa Diya

Finding Myself Mixed My life, it’s beautiful like the green hills It’s impossible to wilt My life, it’s scattered like the leaves Each one is a different color and It’s hard to put it together My life it’s happy Like … Continue reading

Goma Gautam

I Am Here I am here in a hot and beautiful place called Tucson, Arizona. I am a student at Catalina High School. I have been learning English skills for two years and it is not hard, but thinking of … Continue reading

Carmen Gutierrez

My Sincerity Inside of my heart The place where the truth is always Looking to the sky, From below Hoping to touch the clouds My positive thoughts Coming like a strong rain When in my soul there is a scarcity … Continue reading

Shamam Hashim

My Fingerprints Sometimes it’s hard to figure out who you are? What is identity? Identity is like fingerprints. Yours are different from everyone else’s. Identity is something people “must” create for themselves. The people who write about their identity write … Continue reading

Weijian He

Life / Mind / Heart / Dream Life My life is green, comfortable all the time. My life is a calculator, challenging all the time. My life is a question mark, seeking all the time. Mind My mind is the … Continue reading

Filimon Kahsay

Don’t Worry Brother We were sitting in my lovely shelter with my sweet family drinking our hot tea (shaya tokoma), thinking of our life, singing ancient family songs, and watching the town. Sun shone through our door, and we were … Continue reading

Rekha Mongar

I Am Here Now Imagine my heart is like a beautiful woman in the rocket. Imagine my heart seeing flying rocks. Imagine my heart seeing loving my family. Imagine my heart seeing happy people in the park. Imagine my heart … Continue reading

Khan Sian Muang

Identity Is Like Stars – Each One Is Different What is identity? Everyone’s identity is like stars; each one is different. Identity is about who you are and your identity is about your life. Identity is more than your name … Continue reading

Bambi Ndjibu

Do You Really Want to Know Me? Sometimes it is hard to know who you are. I am Bambi Alicia Ndjibu. I am from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. I am a student at Catalina Magnet High … Continue reading

Devota Ntahuga

Hot Pink My identity is like a hot pink rose In my family nobody ever got anything from my dad But I did Anything that I like in my room, it’s hot pink It’s after school at 12:30, I’m going … Continue reading

Heera Sinchuri

Difference between Dark life and Bright Life Imagine living a life of such poverty it is not very easy; it’s like a dark life. Slowly I began searching for light that makes my future bright. Now I’m a student at … Continue reading

Chandra Thapa

My Struggles in Nepal In the middle of a million people, I am also here with my destination. In the pleasant summer day in Tucson, Arizona, I’m enjoying my life and working to reach my goals. Right now I am … Continue reading

Tenneh Lumeh

Dry Less Tears Tenneh L. The world is too small But the people are not I hear the voice of the homeless baby But there is no way for me to help There are so many people crying out there … Continue reading

Perpetua Obono Enye

Poverty I lived in a very different world In a very divided world Worlds that are not connected Who knows if they will ever be connected? Living in my country Equatorial Guinea Was a terrible experience Everything and everybody is … Continue reading

Edgar Sanchez

When you hear about endangered species, do you think of giant pandas in China, Bengal tigers in India, or other large mammals from other places? Unfortunately, there are 19 endangered animals right here in the Sonoran Desert. In the Sonoran … Continue reading

Hem Adhikari

How I See Myself Many young girls and boys think they are beautiful and handsome when they look at themselves in a mirror and try to buy new clothes. I’m also like them. Who am I? I’m Hem Adhikari and … Continue reading

Mariama Kpandebia

Love Your Identity but Discover and Celebrate Others Preserve your identity but share your culture Continue to show your identity anywhere you go No matter what Love your identity But discover and celebrate other cultures I am a young beautiful … Continue reading

Sapana Bhujel

Understanding Who I Am Identity can be identifying by our cultural heritage, language, sexuality, sex, gender and so on. I have also my identity, but it is difficult to identify ourselves. Still, it is important to know who we are … Continue reading

Harira Hassan

Who I am… (My Identity) Who am I? Does anyone know what my nationality is? What is my language? What do I believe? I am a girl who looks to the future for what her life will be. For me, … Continue reading

Jian Ping Huang

Memories I’m the clock in my life, I need to follow the time. I don’t wait for my family for lunch, when my mother cooks in the kitchen. I taste the food first in my family. I’m the bird flying … Continue reading

Alma Mata

One Step My goals motivate me to come today to school. I want to learn more. I believe that having goals can keep me on the right track. I was living in Nogales, Sonora when I decided I wanted to … Continue reading

Rup Mishra

How I See Myself I am a funny guy who always jokes with his friends and always helps others.  My name is Rup Mishra, and I came from Nepal. I have been here in the United States, in Tucson, Arizona, … Continue reading

Zaroon Nasir

Inside Me There is something deep inside of me میرے اندر کچھ ہے. That makes me want to know اس کا کرتا ہے مجھ سے جاننا چاہتے ہیں It’s waiting there quiet silently یہ وہاں انتظار کر چپ چپ چاپ … Continue reading

Huda Rahal

Life before Death My life is like a colorful book because I can draw a smile on people’s faces. Like a rainbow remembering every beautiful and sad moment that happened in my life. I can remember the time when I … Continue reading

Sara Mubembe

Knowing people before judging them is advantageous. In the world, we all have different colors and different backgrounds, but we are all equal.  We are all human beings. We all have red blood even though we have different colors and … Continue reading

Hari Nepal

It is very difficult for me, as well as for other students, to have four ESL class because we don’t have enough time to study other essential subjects that are required for graduation. Sometimes, I feel that the government is … Continue reading

Alejandra Ochoa

Dear Karla, Everything is different since I moved to another house, the one I’m living in now. You know how we had fun together when we were neighbors. I miss hanging out with you. Do you remember when we used … Continue reading

Adnan Nabi

Dear Uncle, I can’t wait to see you in the United States. Before you come to the United States; I would like to tell you some things about my neighborhood. I like my neighborhood a lot in the United States. … Continue reading

Kadar Iman

On War: Most people don’t know about war. We refugees can give some ideas and explain why people are running from their homeland. Some people left their family in their homeland. They have a big family so they have to … Continue reading