Anna Reifman

Hi, my name is Anna Reifman. We all have things that are wrong in our lives, but we got up this morning. Be grateful! I am proud of the fact that I am grateful to be alive. There were days when I was younger when I wondered why I was alive, because I suffer from...

Gladys Esquijarosa

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...

Muhammed Javed

My name is Muhammed Javed. At age two, I developed a childhood cancer of the eye called retinoblastoma. My parents were able to bring me to the United States from Pakistan for treatment. One eye was removed, followed by radiation and chemotherapy. This caused a...

Miranda Alicea

My name is Miranda Alicea. A few years ago I graduated from the IS 27 and then I moved on to the College of Staten Island. And I’ve been there for four years, going on five, and hopefully that’ll be my graduating year. But after I leave I would like to work in...

Liliete Lopez

My name is Liliete Lopez. The first time I ever set foot in a classroom I was 15. I just graduated from Queens College with a double major in Political Science and Urban Studies. I’m about to begin a master’s program in Urban Affairs at Queens College. I’m from...

Lolita Kravchenko

My name is Lolita Kravchenko. As a child I lost 60 percent of my hearing after suffering a series of painful ear infections. I also stuttered. I became very insecure about myself, super sensitive about what people thought of my speech and of the machines on my ears. I...