My Deepest Feelings as an Immigrant to this Country

by Melissa Altamirano

Sometimes I don't know how I feel. Sometimes I don't understand myself. I'm locked inside all my feelings which sometimes can be anger, unhappiness or powerlessness. I have experienced a lot of things for my age, maybe more than other teens. Nothing has been easy for my family, especially for me. I have learned that money is not everything and doesn't buy happiness. I have learned that coming from a well-educated family doesn't make you better. All this I have learned during all these years living in this country.

No matter where we come from, who we are, how we are, we are all the same. We all came here for a reason, a reason that makes some of us confront many problems, a reason that makes us stronger, a reason that creates in us a courageous side. "Dreams" is what we wish to accomplish. "Opportunity" is what we only look for. "Hope and Confidence" is what we always need to have. Immigrants is what we all are.

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