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Nayla Torres, 12th Grade


 

NAYLA TORRES, SENIOR

April 2021

WHAT MAKES ME ME?

 

I am a girl born in Cuba. I have two younger siblings and one has cerebral palsy.

In Cuba, unlike most people my age, I always wished for higher education. However, that is very unlikely in Cuba due to the limited amount of resources and need for a fast form of income.

When I was 4, my little sister (now middle sister) was born. During her birth, she and my mother almost died; my mother was comatose and my sister had artificial life for about 2 months. From then on, I had to raise myself.

My father would always be out working and my mother would be going from hospital to hospital, looking for a specialist for my little sister. I would always stay home, take care of the house, do the chores, do my homework and walk to school alone. It was a lonely childhood as my parents weren't very present, but never once did I tell them this, and I still haven't to this point.

I became independent at a very young age. My parents would often say that my brain was my only asset, as I did not possess street smarts like most people in Cuba. In short, I did not belong there.

Recently, my parents split up and I was caught in this war where I'm in the middle of both opposing sides, but they refuse to acknowledge that fact. Although I love my family, I do not have a close relationship with them. To be honest, we don't see eye-to-eye and fight endlessly.

My life has not been that of a typical girl. I never had strong parental figures, and I never had a childhood so to say. I had to grow at an accelerated rate in order to meet the demands and expectations of those around me.

Media Inquiries
Mitchell Roush , Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 ex. 201127
Your Legacy.
Their Opportunity.

Enhancing opportunities by seeking and securing resources for projects, scholarships and programs.

Access digital copies of our district flyers.

Improving school-to-home communication by distribute school flyers directly to families digitally.

Nayla Torres, 12th Grade


 

NAYLA TORRES, SENIOR

April 2021

WHAT MAKES ME ME?

 

I am a girl born in Cuba. I have two younger siblings and one has cerebral palsy.

In Cuba, unlike most people my age, I always wished for higher education. However, that is very unlikely in Cuba due to the limited amount of resources and need for a fast form of income.

When I was 4, my little sister (now middle sister) was born. During her birth, she and my mother almost died; my mother was comatose and my sister had artificial life for about 2 months. From then on, I had to raise myself.

My father would always be out working and my mother would be going from hospital to hospital, looking for a specialist for my little sister. I would always stay home, take care of the house, do the chores, do my homework and walk to school alone. It was a lonely childhood as my parents weren't very present, but never once did I tell them this, and I still haven't to this point.

I became independent at a very young age. My parents would often say that my brain was my only asset, as I did not possess street smarts like most people in Cuba. In short, I did not belong there.

Recently, my parents split up and I was caught in this war where I'm in the middle of both opposing sides, but they refuse to acknowledge that fact. Although I love my family, I do not have a close relationship with them. To be honest, we don't see eye-to-eye and fight endlessly.

My life has not been that of a typical girl. I never had strong parental figures, and I never had a childhood so to say. I had to grow at an accelerated rate in order to meet the demands and expectations of those around me.

Media Inquiries
Mitchell Roush , Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 ex. 201127
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