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A House of Chaotic Love

A House of Chaotic Love

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

April 4, 2020

Families are supposed to be bonded together, not against each other. Have you ever witnessed your siblings fighting with each other? I don’t mean a silly argument and a slap every now and then. I mean serious fights daily, as if they are two strangers out in the street waiting to get their hands...

A Home Away From Home

A Home Away From Home

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

March 28, 2020

If you ask any New Yorker about Arthur Avenue, you get either puzzlement or a flood of loving sentiment about one of the greatest neighborhoods in The Bronx. This is the best place for bread, pasta, meat, pastries, espresso, and basically the only place to buy a real Italian sausage. Arthur Avenue,...

2020 is Canceled

2020 is Canceled

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

March 21, 2020

You heard it here first (well, you know what I mean). 2020, my summer body, my 21st birthday, and everything else is canceled until further notice. I think we need to unplug 2020, leave it out for five minutes, then plug it back in - cause seriously, honey, I am stressed out and in serious need...

My Fear of Airplanes

My Fear of Airplanes

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

March 14, 2020

Despite my fear, I took the chance anyway.

It Only Takes One Moment for a Miracle to be Born

It Only Takes One Moment for a Miracle to be Born

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

March 7, 2020

It felt like a movie, one where the woman screams and squirms as each contraction kicks in.  My sister had a rough pregnancy. Almost every month she’d have to go and check the baby’s heart, head, and stomach. She lay in the hospital bed in her long, bluish hospital gown and screamed as she f...

From a Clueless Freshman to an Honors Student

From a Clueless Freshman to an Honors Student

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

February 29, 2020

It was finally here: my first day of college. The start of a new journey. I woke up at 8:30 a.m. to get ready for my 11:40 class. I threw on my black high top vans, a graphic t-shirt, and light blue skinny jeans. My mother walked out of her room with a smile on her face and her phone in her hand....

My Fight With Confidence

My Fight With Confidence

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

February 16, 2020

It all started in middle school, a normal age for teenagers to have feelings about themselves. I would look at the lives of my classmates and wonder why I couldn't have a life like them. I would watch my mother put on her makeup every morning and think to myself “I can’t wait to do that.” So...

I Am Not a Victim, I Am a Survivor

I Am Not a Victim, I Am a Survivor

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

February 2, 2020

I was sexually assaulted when I was 6 years old, and again at 12.  A normal encounter with my sister’s friend suddenly turned to one of the worst days of my life.  It was abuse and it was wrong, and the worst part is that I had no idea what she was doing.  It was supposed to be...

The End of A Decade

The End of A Decade

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

December 29, 2019

A lot can change in 10 years. When the sun rose on January 1st, 2010, Steve Jobs was still CEO of Apple, and the hottest Android phone was the newly minted Motorola Droid.   Facebook was still an upstart and recently clawed its way to profitability.   Uber hadn’t reached an app...

When Santa Stopped Being Real

When Santa Stopped Being Real

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

December 18, 2019

Oh how I love the holidays, especially because I get to experience the kids around me writing their letters to Santa Claus telling him what they would like for Christmas. I remember when I used to do that. It all stopped when I was 7. Santa Claus, Old Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, one of the most...

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