Latinx Flint NEWS
By Alondra Rosas Ornelas | Latinx Flint Media
“I was excited but nervous. I was happy because we came to a new country and we were going to learn new things, but I also felt sad. Sometimes I would see my mom cry and I would want to cry too and I also missed my family.” -Sarah Graffe
FLINT, Michigan – Somos Latinx serves to highlight and connect community members in Flint & Genesee County. Recognizing the experiences of families and individuals in our community reveals the complex experience of Latinx Life in the United States and in our local community. Somos Latinx drives civic engagement and awareness, such as the 2020 Census.
The following is a conversation between Latinx Flint Media and Sarah Graffe:
Where are you from?
I am from Venezuela.
When did you come to the United States?
I came here when I was eight years old.
What were you feeling when you found out you were moving to the United States?
I was excited to come here.
What do you miss the most about Venezuela?
My family and friends.
Was it hard to learn English?
Not really because in Venezuela I took English classes and I knew the basics.
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What do you want to be when you grow up?
Well, I like math a lot and I would like to be an economist.
What was your dream when you were little?
I have always liked modeling. When I was little I was in modeling classes.
What was one of the happiest days of your life?
Probably when we came here; I was very excited.
What was the hardest part about moving to the United States?
I was excited but nervous. I was happy because we came to a new country and we were going to learn new things, but I also felt sad. The move affected my parents more because my mom missed our family a lot. Sometimes I would see my mom cry and I would want to cry too and I also missed my family.
What is your biggest fear?
Not being able to return to Venezuela.
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