Growing up in East L.A. has been the best. This is where I had some of my first memories. This is where I was baptized in La Soledad Church, which is down the street from my house. In this church, I also had my first communion and a mass for my Quinceañera. Those were some of the best days of my life. These memories are really important to me because it all happened here in East L.A.
I have lived in East L.A. for 17 years. I feel like this community is important to me because it has taught me to strive for the best. Living here has been the greatest because I can get an education that not many others receive. It has given me the opportunity to explore new things that others don’t have in their community.
East L.A. has a huge Latino community. In my house, it’s always about family, and I feel like East L.A. is about family as well. This is the place where I get to see my family hang out all the time. One way we have fun is by hanging out. We like to go out and find places to have dinner. Another thing we like to do is going to church Sunday morning and then have breakfast at IHOP after.
I made my first friends in East L.A. This is where I first started going to school. I am a senior at East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy (ELARA) and will be graduating in June. After graduating, I will be going to East Los Angeles Community College (ELACC). All of this has a huge impact on me because this is the place that is still teaching me to be a better person.