Nancy Robles

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Nancy Robles

Cicero, IL

How do I define American? American a dreamer. Someone with the willpower of succeeding in life, with certain obstacles in its way but it’s freedom never taken away. Someone with a story of hopes and dreams where nothing is impossible but it’s sadly unreachable. To those who simply come to a new country and gather crumbs of what they had in their hometown and basically carrying nothing but hope to America to soon be able to catch that American dream. So how do I define American? I define it as me. As a 17 year old growing up in a country with the weight of probably not being nothing in life but a picture of success my parents painted for me it doesn’t guarantee a total success but it does help us keep going, I always wanted to be like everyone else you know , with papers. But to be like everyone else means there’s no struggle and with struggle accomplishments taste so much better. Maybe I’m not American but heart and mind is. My mind exercises everyday thinking of ways to progress in life trying not to be stuck in this stereotypical circle where an immigrant should work for others , should never have a voice for its self , should never aspire to be someone big, should never have the nerve to get up and say maybe this time it will be different. I remain hopeful , I have ambition stuck on my throat and I have American in my soul.

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