“I’m from Nicaragua. I’ve been in D.C. for five years and go to Wilson High School. When I came here, I didn’t speak any English. I was afraid of speaking the language and am pretty shy. Fortunately, I live in Mount Pleasant and there are a lot of Spanish speakers, which made it an easier transition for me. Growing up in a Nicaraguan household is nice because I get to live in both places. Home is like Nicaragua and then I step outside to D.C. and eat pizza with my American friends. Living in D.C. is nice because so many kids are diverse and have parents from other places.
"My parents raised me like they were raised. My mother is really strict with my curfew. She does not let me come home at eleven like my friends. I need to be home at seven or eight. When I get older, I don't think I will be as strict, but I want my kids to know where I came from and the way I grew up. When I was little, I used to have a wheel and a stick and would roll it down the street. It's such a simple joy and people don’t do that here. Here, you just go to play video games or hang out at a mall. That is not fun. You need to be outside and get dirty. That is real fun."