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'Coming to the United States changed me': KCAPA highschooler reflects on growth and future

Kensington CAPA student Rosairis Florentino poses for a photo in the school courtyard on June 1, 2023. (Photo by Khysir Carter)

Editor’s note: This essay was submitted by a student at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School through a community partnership with Kensington Voice. The essay was developed from an autobiography assignment that Rebecca Mulligan assigned to students who speak English as a second language to improve their English proficiency.

I was happy when I moved to the United States in 2020. It was an important time for me because I went with my mom to live with my grandma and uncles. Coming to the United States changed me, and being with my family helped me become a better person. I was curious about the United States, which made me interested in moving here.

After moving, I had the chance to visit my home country, the Dominican Republic, in 2021. I was very happy because I thought I would have a lot of fun. But nothing came out as I thought. I cried a lot because I didn't have a good time. 

During the trip, I had a great time with my dad. He made me very happy, and he always made me laugh a lot. My relationship with my dad is stronger than my relationship with my mom. My dad is a considerate person because he is always there for me when I need him most. When I feel sad, he listens, gives me advice, and makes me feel better. 

I matured because of my experiences over the years, especially in 2022. I began to be a better person, and I learned to value my family more. I am a humble and more emotionally intelligent person now. I think a little more about things before responding to them. 

In the future, I would like to become a model. I like fashion, traveling, and makeup. I would also like to become a professional makeup artist.

Editors: Zari Tarazona, Siani Colón Designer: Siani Colón