By Debbra A.
Grade 10, Washington
Country of Origin: Puerto Rico

My name is Debbra J. Alvarado. I'm from Puerto Rico I moved here when I was 14 years old. My mom told me 2 months before but I didn't want to leave my family and friends. She moved with my sisters and I stayed with my grandmother. After one year I was forced to move here. I felt sad, angry and miserable. Being forced to do something that I didn't want to do was sad. I took an airplane with my grandmother. The trip was long about 14 hours. It was sad for me because I had to start a new life and I didn't want to do it. I cried in the whole trip about 14 hours crying without stopping. The hard thing for me was tried to think that it was going to be good for me. I was just thinking in how my mom destroyed my life. My first weeks here were terrible. I didn't like anything here. I was very sad, I couldn't eat or sleep. I just stayed in my bedroom. Today I still cry and I don't like to go out. I never go out just if my mom force me. I lost about 20 pounds in just 2 months and I still lossing pound. It is hard for me live in a country that I don't want to be.

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