My Diary for Girls

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El Orgullo Cubano: Why I’m Proud of My Roots

I was born in Havana, Cuba in the spring of 1995. By December of 1999, I was on an airplane bound for the United States of America. I spent my ESOL days in Orlando, spent second grade living in the Everglades, and ultimately came to rest in Miami where I spent all of my adolescence…. Read more

My Diary for Girls

Girl Diary: A Day In My Life

Vea este artículo en español aquí Hello! My name is Cynthia Cervantes and I am 12-years-old. I am a seventh grader in California, and my favorite subjects are history and math. In my spare time, I like reading, watching TV and playing school with my little sisters. My experience with scleroderma began more than a… Read more

My Journey to America

Immigrant: one that immigrates, a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residency. That is the definition for an immigrant according to Webster’s Dictionary. Have you ever asked yourself why the real meaning of the word immigrant included in the dictionary definitions? For me, being an immigrant means changing your customs, leaving… Read more

Girl Diary: Thinking Positive

High school senior Natalia Barra decided to share her story with us. “My mom had me at a young age and went through a lot of struggles through her life,” Barra said. “I knew one thing for sure. I did not want to have sex until I was old enough to take care of a… Read more

Out & Proud

For me, being a lesbian and Latina means that I have to learn how to reconcile being openly gay with my culture. Everyday Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (GLBTQ) people are harassed, beaten, abused and even killed for simply being who they are. Now imagine being a lesbian and Latina.  Think of the conformity… Read more

Diary of an Exchange Student

Editor’s Note: The following is a two-part reading of diary excerpts from a German student, Josi, who came to live in Austin, Texas as part of a student exchange program. This type of international program allows high school students to live in a foreign country for a semester or two. Usually, there are organizations that… Read more