What makes you proud of being a woman but also a Latina?
The Latinx/Hispanic culture is incredibly diverse and representative of many groups, I am proud to come from one of these groups. Being Mexicana, as well as American is an integral part of who I am. I do admit, as a child I did struggle with my identity. Growing up with American T.V. shows and films that did not depict characters or experiences similar to mine was isolating. Luckily I grew out of that mentality haha. I am proud to look like my parents, to be able to reminisce with my mom about her memories of her family, and to turn to my faith in moments of uncertainty. As a Latina in 2019 I hope to continue to honor my roots as well as make my own path.
Is there someone you look up to?
My mom! Her strength and drive inspire me to be my best self. As a first generation kid all I’ve ever wanted was to make my parents proud, for their sacrifices to not be in vain. She has been supportive of my path, even if it hasn’t been the one she has envisioned for me. I know she wants me to be happy in whatever I do with my life, and I’m incredibly thankful for that. Her love and support keeps me going.
Do you feel Latino culture has had a big impact on who you are?
Definitely. I grew up watching my parents try to make the best of their circumstances in a new country. They are the hardest working people I know, they raised a family while staying true to their culture/values. With the current political climate it’s even more important to embrace my culture. Latinx have been reduced to cruel stereotypes and statistics; but we are more than that. Being a Latina there is a disadvantage placed on us, but it forces you to work harder for what you want. You learn to rely on your strengths and push back against what is thrown at you.
Do you have any current projects you are working on and accomplishments that you would like to talk about?
I’m close to completing a certification course involving digitization and archives. I am currently interning at an institution so I’m excited to finally get some hands on experience. Hopefully this opportunity leads to brighter horizons :)
Do you have any words of advice and encouragement to future generations of all women?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It hurts at first to experience failure, but it doesn’t last forever. Learn from this, pick yourself up, and keep going. You’re stronger than you think! Growth is a continuous path and doesn’t end at a certain point in your life. Y ponte las pilas and vote!