A M’ija to Meet: Jenniffer, Puerto Rican

February 21, 2008 at 1:28 am Leave a comment

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What I love about being Latina: Our diverse cultural background and our rich history.

What I love about being Americana:
The freedom to make my own choices and live life as I see fit.

My biggest challenge in growing up Latina in America
: Fighting the stereotypes.

My biggest support in growing up Latina in America
:  My paternal grandmother.

Why I am beautiful: I’m beautiful because I am intelligent and well educated.

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