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Thanks to You, I am Whole Again

Thanks to You, I am Whole Again

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

December 4, 2019

From the very first time I met you, to the very first time we had our first conversation in the hallway, I knew you differed from the rest, but I felt like you were too good for me. You know everything about me, and you never judged me, even when I felt like the entire world was. I remember the...

Getting Ready for the Holidays.. at the Mangini/Perez Household

Getting Ready for the Holidays.. at the Mangini/Perez Household

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

November 27, 2019

I am half Puerto Rican and half Italian. My mom is 100% Italian, but because her kids are half Hispanic and our father was never around, she tries to dabble in the Hispanic culture so we grow up knowing about it. She also makes sure we know about our Italian culture. I always felt like I wasn’t...

“The Life of the Party”

“The Life of the Party”

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

November 21, 2019

Being that person who was always there for others, and not wanting to talk because you felt like a burden, wasn’t easy. I always felt alone when I needed a shoulder. No matter how many people were around me, I always felt lonely. I felt lost and did not understand where I was heading and honestly,...

A Letter to My Teenage Self

A Letter to My Teenage Self

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

October 19, 2019

Dear Teenage Self,   Oh, how I wish you could see what I see now. When I look back, I see you as one person but I know there were two of you. There was the girl that the world saw and labeled. Then there was the girl that only you knew. I remember those sleepless nights and days filled...

My Best Friend’s Keeper

My Best Friend’s Keeper

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

October 12, 2019

Growing up I didn't have many friends. I was too afraid to let people in and never really knew how to express love unless it was with my family. I was always a target for people so instead of making friends I needed to protect myself. Then, at the age of 13, I met Samantha. Love comes in many different...

Working At Over Thirty Schools Can Be Fun

Working At Over Thirty Schools Can Be Fun

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

October 5, 2019

Working in over thirty schools has boosted my stress level. But I have to say, it’s kind of fun. I’m working with 3rd-12th graders and sometimes they can be obnoxious, but I adore those little hooligans. Actually, I don’t adore the middle and high schoolers, just the little ones in elementary. I...

Crying on a Roller Coaster

Crying on a Roller Coaster

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

September 28, 2019

I’m the biggest daredevil/punk you’ll ever meet. I am so down to do the craziest things until it’s time to go through with it. My very first time going to Universal Studios, and it was something to remember. My friend thought it was a great idea to go on the famous “Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit”...

Letter to My Mother’s Sperm Donor

Letter to My Mother’s Sperm Donor

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

September 21, 2019

Dear S.D., I use the term “father” seldom. The term “sperm donor” is more accurate because in my eyes, that’s all you’ll ever be. For years, I blamed myself for you walking out, and I still to this day don’t understand what went wrong. You were there at first. Well, you were...

Social Media; Harmful Yet Addicting

Social Media; Harmful Yet Addicting

Amber Perez, Impact Staff

September 19, 2019

Every teenager is a member of one or more social media platforms. Whether it is Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or any other platform, social media forms an integral part of their lives. It's fun to use but can later on get addicting and harmful. It seems natural, though. Today’s youth has...

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