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College Admission: What is you identity, tell us about yourself?
My culture and my passion for acting is what defines me as a person. To begin, I must further explain who I am; I was born in Puerto Rico, a minuscule island in the Caribbean. My first language was Spanish, however I was educated enough to speak English, though it was not as well-developed as it should have been. As problems arose in my home country, my parents decided it was best for us to move to the United States where we would be safer. Nonetheless, I struggled when it came to speaking proper English around my teachers and caustic classmates.
The experience only galvanized me to learn and understand the language, so I would quickly catch up to my peers. In fact, I joined my middle school’s theater program solely for that purpose, I knew that through acting and reading linguistic and complex scripts I would be able to learn the language quickly. As a result, acting became my passion, I devoted most of my life to being on the stage or in front of a camera thus allowing me to speak English superlatively. I acted in more than 18 plays and a short film, as well as directing a play and writing a short film by the time I began my senior year.
Moreover, during my junior year, I applied to compete in my school’s competition which resulted in my advancing to the Dallas Shakespeare competition, later ending with me taking home the 3rd place award. However, my success with the English language did not mean that I had forgotten where I was from. As I learned about the difficulties the people of my ethnicity were facing I knew I wanted to take action, thus provoking me to create my school’s first, Latino Student Union.
The LSU serves as a cultural group open to all to discuss topics of importance relevant to all Hispanics/ Latinos, in addition, it also serves as a community service opportunity. We as a group represent our culture by helping those in need, and create a voice. I hope to continue influencing and helping my peers learn more about the Hispanic culture beyond high school. I strive to continue acting as I grow, as well as representing my culture in the form of service and speaking.
This is my identity, this is me.