My name is Gladys Esquijarosa. Growing up, others have taken it upon themselves to define me. Now it’s time that I define myself. I love to write, listen to music, go to museums, and go out and see nature. In my life, most people, including my family, have seen my challenge and not me. It is a part of my life. I wish I wasn’t there, but it is not my whole life. I’ve been striving to work on not seeing myself as a victim, but sometimes I’m not successful.

I have mild cerebral palsy. If I were to describe my situation I would say that I am a person who happens to have a physical challenge. I consider the use of any other term or terms to be demeaning and offensive. What I’ve tried to do all my life is not focus on that. Whether it’s good or bad, I’ve tried to pretend it doesn’t exist.

I just graduated from Baruch with a degree in journalism and creative writing. Now, I’m looking for a job. I love sports: I’m a big Yankees fan. I have a blog where I write about sports, but not just box scores. I like issues. I would love to have a career where I was the host of my own sports show on radio or television. Reporting on events like the World Series or the Super Bowl is a dream of mine.

Although I love sports I consider myself to be a person with many facets. I’m interested in national politics, health care, animal rights, marriage equality, and I have a big love and appreciation for science.

Many people all over the world have challenges. Mine just happens to be physical.