A fun fact about me is … when I was little, my twin sister and I both wanted to be librarians. To “prepare” us for this occupation, our older sister made us march through the hallways of our house carrying large stacks of books. She also made us walk while balancing the books on our heads.
I racially identify as … white Latina or a white Puerto Rican. I identify as a white Puerto Rican because I choose to acknowledge the [white] privilege and safety my perceived whiteness brings me. But I will not identify as white without also identifying as Puerto Rican or Latina because these identifications also provide an influence on how I navigate our racialized society.
When people ask me the question “what are you?” I usually say … I am American. But I know that’s not the answer they are searching for. Sometimes, I will also say that I am Puerto Rican, usually following up with, my mom is Puerto Rican and my dad is white.
My favorite thing about being mixed is … that I get to be part of many different communities. Having to learn how to navigate my own identity and experiences has helped me, I think, become more open and understanding of how other people chose to navigate themselves and their experiences.
The most difficult thing about being mixed is … that there is a lot of noise surrounding expectations of identity. Too many people trying to tell you who you are or what you should be.
If I could visit anywhere in the world, it would be … This is a tough question because there are so many extraordinary places and people in the world. I want to go to so many places. The Bolivia salt flats would be cool to see. Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands or the Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe would also be cool.
If I had one day left on Earth, I would eat … For breakfast: quesitos de guayaba, eggs with avocado, mango, blueberries, and coffee. For lunch: pupusas and french fries. For tea time: mint tea and a chocolate pastry. For dinner: Mofongo. For dessert: chocolate chip cookies and coffee.
When I was a kid, I wish I would have known that … your identity is not up for debate and no one has the right to define you except for you. Get to know and learn to love every part of yourself.