Going from being a child to an adolescent is tough. It’s even harder when you’re the only girl in your house.
Watching my mom go through school, I got to see her as more than a mother, but as a woman empowered.
My mom was 21 when she got pregnant with me. She had to grow up faster than her peers, and take on a huge responsibility. Probably 10 years too early.
Amanda Agustin translates for her mom, whose native language is Spanish. In serving as a translator, she has come to understand the discrimination her mom faces and serve as a source of strength.
It’s been years since my dad was a regular presence in my life. Sometimes I can go a year without seeing him.
When I was unable to shake off my sadness, my family would say, “You’re not being grateful for what you have. Look around you.” Sure, I was physically fine, but I felt mentally and emotionally unstable.
My dad was there for graduation and to teach me how to ride a bike. But my mom was the one who taught me how to be a man.
I’m a momma’s boy and I say it proudly and I don’t care what people have to say about it. If it makes me seem weak, then let me be weak at least I got my mommy by my side.
Xanax is a popular drug on my campus. It’s meant to reduce activity of the central nervous system and medicate anxiety. But it’s often taken recreationally.