“I’ve learned so much from my past experiences that have lead me to discover who I truly am. My experiences help me to embrace all that I am including my heritage, religion, and self-image.”
In my early years, I found it quite difficult to express myself. I was quiet and always kept to myself, fearing that people might not like or accept my personality.
I am an immigrant and even though I speak English, it was hard for others to understand me. So there was also a language barrier. I never spoke out in class, afraid that people might ridicule me.
This contributed to me suppressing my thoughts, emotions, and opinions. Years later, I am an outspoken 21-year-old senior in college, and things are quite different now.
I’ve learned so much from my past experiences that have lead me to discover who I truly am. My experiences help me to embrace all that I am including my heritage, religion, and self-image. There are so many channels of self-expression for me these days.
I express myself through music and there’s a song to express every emotion I feel. I also use fashion to express myself, wearing bright and vibrant colors whenever I go out. These bright colors represent my personality since I always try my best to be happy and cheerful no matter what the day brings me.
My friends and family play a big role in my self-image as well. They are the people who know me the best and accept all my flaws.
Cooking for my family and friends is another way I’m able to express myself. My mother taught me to cook when I was seven years old, and that skill has stuck with me until now. I’ve realized that the older I get, the more I cook, and I love it.
I believe that good food brings people together, which is the main reason I cook. I love it when people gather together despite their race, gender, religion, political affiliation, and just share a meal and laughter together.
This brings me joy, so I’m always organizing gatherings, birthday dinners, luncheons with friends and family. All these things make me who I am today.