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The Girl With Tangled Roots

Amber Perez, Impact Staff March 12, 2021

I am the girl with the tangled roots, the one with no real identity. Check one box for your race, but Hispanic isn't a box because Hispanic isn't considered a race. Now I'm sitting there, with my hands...

Graduation caps thrown in the air

Four Years Later, What Now?

Amber Perez, Impact Staff March 9, 2021

After four years of crying, stressing, and sweating, I am finally graduating. The first of my family to do it, I should feel great, but why don’t I? I'm more scared than happy, why am I so scared...

Getting Breast Reduction Surgery Changed My Life

Getting Breast Reduction Surgery Changed My Life

Amber Perez, Impact Staff February 21, 2021

I’ve always identified myself as being the girl with the big boobs. They were always envied and I never knew why. All of my friends would say “I wish I had boobs like you.” I always responded...

OP/ED TikTok: The Pros and The Cons

OP/ED TikTok: The Pros and The Cons

Amber Perez, Impact Staff February 17, 2021

TikTok is taking over the world, and I’m not talking about Kesha’s 2009 hit song.  We all love a nice social media app that can bring both laughs and entertainment. That’s why TikTok is so popular...

Dogs Can Save Your Life Too

Dogs Can Save Your Life Too

Amber Perez, Impact Staff February 3, 2021

Most of us have a childhood pet whom we’ll never forget. My childhood pet was Whitey, my precious Whitey, I would do anything to lay with her one last time. I don’t remember much about the first day...

A Mother's Loss

A Mother’s Loss

Amber Perez, Impact Staff December 15, 2020

She knew something was wrong when her son was born and all she heard was silence. Missing were cries and screams.  They would come later. She had been preparing for the arrival of her son for nine...

To My Friends in Heaven

To My Friends in Heaven

Amber Perez, Impact Staff December 13, 2020

To my friends in Heaven, I honestly don’t know where to start, there is so much I want to say, so much that was left unsaid, and so many things left undone. My biggest regret is not hanging out...

Murray Seeks Out the Past To Understand The Present

Murray Seeks Out the Past To Understand The Present

Amber Perez, Impact Staff December 10, 2020

Historians don’t just study history, they construct it. They puzzle pieces into meanings. They make sense of other times, other nations, other people. In this case, African-American history in the 19th...

A Cut Here, A Cut There

A Cut Here, A Cut There

Amber Perez, Impact Staff November 16, 2020

It all started as just a few thoughts, but over time, I started having extremely bad anxiety and was becoming more depressed. School was using the little effort I had left. I gave up on writing, singing,...

OP/ED: Bad Choices And Bad Faith: Is America Finally Going To See A Change?

OP/ED: Bad Choices And Bad Faith: Is America Finally Going To See A Change?

Amber Perez, Impact Staff November 9, 2020

In a campaign year marked by a global pandemic, a recession, and a national wave of protests, it’s easy to forget that this whole election season was deranged from the start.  It's no shocker...

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