"I didn't have the traditional Urban American youth struggles as an upbringing. My background is different, and from my background being different, I call it my distinction."
I grew up in middle-class America, never wanting for more or in need of anything. I learned early on how to humble myself as a child; I learned how to appreciate living. I was taught at a young age to be a giver, and never a taker.
While coming up in Suburban America, I struggled to fit in. I attended Atwater High School my freshman year in Atwater, California. The community was different, and so was I.
I was teased, taunted and bullied about my African American features, I hated my figure as a black woman, and I began to hate myself. I had allowed myself to permit others to define me as an African American woman and try to silence my confidence.
By growing up in two separate environments, it has shaped me into who I've become today as an African American woman. I've learned how to be myself, while always upholding the role of a leader. I've learned to be appreciative of others and to always give to those without. I'm determined to be outspoken and to fight back with EDUCATION.
The most dangerous weapon for any African American to have would be an educated voice. Respect Is always compelling, with a sharpened voice that yells I AM EDUCATED.