Humans of Radford University


“When I was 15, I moved from Puerto Rico to Hopewell, VA to live with my aunt. My family always had problems. My mom was bipolar and had depression, and we moved all the time. Living with my aunt made everything feel more stable. But my family in Puerto Rico thought I wouldn’t last six months in America. They thought I was dependent on them and wouldn’t make it, and that I was going to end up going back to live with them. When I was packing to leave, I packed everything, and my grandmother was like, ‘Why are you packing so much? You don’t know if you’re even staying.’ I said, ‘Oh, I’m staying.’ It’s been four years since then, and I’m still here.”

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