A Mija to Meet: Jessica, Mexican-American

December 5, 2007 at 11:14 pm 10 comments

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What I love about being Latina:  The traditions and sense of pride I carry with me. I was taught at a very young age that one should behave as if they were representing the entire family. I take pride in every single thing that I do, because I represent not only myself, but I represent my family, and Latinas everywhere. It can be a lot of pressure sometimes, but in the end, I’m stronger.

What I love about being Americana: The first Amendment. I have a big mouth… people don’t call me “power to the people” sanchez  for nothing! I stand up for myself, and others. This country is full of so many beautiful races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations etc., I’m glad I can celebrate the span of that.

My biggest challenge in growing up Latina in America:
Stereotypes. It’s sad that people try and categorize me… I know that they will just end up completely confused. My taste in music, food, clothes, politics, religion, is all very eclectic.

 
My biggest support in growing up Latina in America: My family… and I’m not just saying that!! I have the most amazing family in the world. No matter what road I’ve chosen to travel my family is right there beside me, constantly giving me support and unconditional love. we have fun together, we pray together, we look out for one another, it’s a beautiful thing to be a part of.

Why I am beautiful:
my hands. they reach out to people in need, raise into fists to fight injustice, they are the tools I use to map out my future and express emotions that my mouth is too afraid to utter. In my hands I see my mothers years of hard work at the telephone company and my grandmothers veins pumping the blood that gives me the strength to better myself.

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  • 1. JoAnn Sanchez  |  December 6, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    I can not say enough about my hermanita. I am very proud of you you are. I can remember when you were little and how out spoken you were/are ( I have no idea where you get that from). I knew then you were something special. You have talent beyond my wildest dreams. I am always amazed by your words and the wisdom you have beyond your years. I love you hermana…
    joann

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  • 2. Samantha Sanchez  |  December 6, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    You are sooo awesome!! I love you! Way may not talk as much as we used to or see eachother much but know that I love you just like a sister and I’m so proud of all your accomplishments! You are truely a strong latina that i admire.

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  • 3. Felicia Salcido  |  December 6, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Jess,

    Deep. I love it. You have always been very powerful with words. It is a privilege to call you my cousin!!! I love you so very much.

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  • 4. Lisa Sanchez  |  December 7, 2007 at 1:49 am

    You are awesome!! I am PROUD to call you my sister. You are truly an inspiration to me. Your words are powerful…you will inspire many. POWER TO THE PEOPLE! Love you.

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  • 5. maggie pacheco hernandez  |  December 7, 2007 at 3:21 am

    it is wonderful to see an inteligent latin young lady who is respectful & honest, may all your dreams come true , & keep on keeping on!
    i have a young daughter & i hope that in her college years she is like you, young latina girls need more positive role models , i am going to have her read this to let her now all her dreams are possible , you are an inspriation………………..

    maggie

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  • 6. Cynthia Terrazas  |  December 7, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Jessica,

    You are an inspiration to us all, young and old. You keep up that great positive attitude and the wonderful person you are. Your in my thoughts and prayers and am proud of you.. Take Care. God Bless. xoxo

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  • 7. Priscilla Garduno  |  December 9, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    I loved what you wrote, especially under “why I’m beautiful.” Keep on, chica!

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  • 8. maria sanchez  |  December 11, 2007 at 3:18 am

    mija, i am so proud of the beautiful person you have become both inside and out…keep up the good work and reach for the stars, i know you can do it…both dad and i are very proud of you and we will always be there to support you. love you always and God bless you and guide you…

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  • 9. Blanca Cerda  |  December 15, 2007 at 2:20 am

    Jess!! I am ohhh sooo proud to call you my friend.. sister.. and most importantly family!! Always amazing people with your written words!! Love ya!

    ~B :)

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  • 10. Jessica  |  December 18, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    hey guys, thanks for all the love and support! I really appreciate it!!

    xoxo

    Reply

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