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Adjusting to My Adoptive Family

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When I was first adopted out of foster care at age 6, everyone in my new family was sweet to me. It seemed like there was a lot of love. In addition to my two adoptive parents, I had six new siblings. Nobody made me feel like I was different. I watched TV shows and […]

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My Passion for Piano

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When I was 7, the building where I took after-school art classes had a piano class next door, so I often heard the music serenading me through the wall. One time my art teacher was late, so the piano teacher invited me into their class and taught me the beginner song “Hot Cross Buns.” When […]

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A Breakthrough With My Mom

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When I was 7, my mother said, “I’m going to America to give us a better life.” “Why?” I asked.  In Jamaica, my dad worked for a gas company and owned a shop attached to our house where we sold basic items like bread, light bulbs, and combs. On Saturdays we sold patties, a kind […]

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Poverty Made Me Ashamed and Secretive

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I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. Although we lived in an area that was considered a ghetto, our lives seemed luxurious to me. I thought our house was a castle, since it had three floors that towered over the one-story houses in the neighborhood. School was easy. The classes weren’t that challenging, but […]

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