"Who Am I" – SW

I will be attending Somerset High School in the fall. I live in Southeast D.C. I have 5 siblings and my favorite Color is blue. When I graduate high school, I plan to attend American University. Please enjoy this small glimpse into my life.

I don’t remember much about my younger childhood, well except for a few things. I heard funny and wonderful stories from my family about how I was back then. I never really spent time with my biological father but I do have a few memories about him. I know what he looks like, I know his name, and I know some of his family members but that’s about it. I always felt like I wasn’t important to him because he was never there. When I was around 7 or 8, I used to stay over his house for a weekend or two, with his wife and their kids. I felt like I didn’t belong over there with them, I felt out of place, I always wanted to go home as soon as I got there but I never told anyone. I kept that to myself. Besides, I do have a father figure in my life. One that made me feel like I belonged, my dad T. Wilson. He was there for me when my biological father wasn’t, he took care of me, he bought me things, he even gave me his last name. I am so grateful that he is in my life, and that he took me in as his own daughter, I love him so much. Dad, if you are reading this, you are the BEST dad ever. My aunt and uncle are the coolest Aunt and Uncle you could ever have. From what I heard, I used to go over their house and watch Dora The Explorer all the time. I love my aunt and Uncle so much. They’ve been there for me like the rest of my family has been. I got my middle name from my aunt. My Uncle is fun and funny, he always does impressions of other people, if you were to hear them, you would burst out laughing, the same way I do.

Back when I was the only child, I was around 2 years old, my mom met my Dad. Daddy had 2 kids at the time, little T and L, who we called “fat fat.” To me, they were the very first friends I had. Now, they're my brothers. I have a lot of good memories with them. I used to see them everyday but now not that much. Me, my mom, my dad, and little T and L used to do things together everyday. We still enjoyed each other’s company when my other siblings were born but now it’s different. My mom and dad started to drift apart and that’s when everything started to slowly fall apart. They got married but it didn’t last that long. It seems like there have been too many scary or disappointing moments since the slow break up of our happy family. I have experienced a few moments in life that made me afraid for my livelihood and the livelihood of those I love most.  

One of the scariest moments of my life was when I got into a car crash with my mom and little brother, M. It was raining that day and worse of all we were going across a bridge. My mother stopped on her brakes and since the road was wet, the car started spinning around so fast that I couldn’t think of what was going on at the moment.When we stopped, some of the windows were busted, airbags were out and I was so scared that I thought we were going to die. That was my first car accident and my first time being transported to a hospital in an ambulance truck. Daddy showed up in the ambulance out of nowhere. My aunt and uncle came to see us too. It was kinda my fault that I got hurt because I was in the front and I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. I never used to put on a seatbelt on when I was in the car and I never liked to wear seat belts either. The few times when I did put on a seatbelt was only because I was told to. I realized it’s very important to put on a seatbelt because anything can happen at any time and it’s very dangerous to not practice safety.

Like I said, I’ve had several moments and experiences in life that have defined me and made me who I am today. I go to Excel Academy PCS, it’s the first all girl public charter school in Washington D.C. This is my last year here, I’ve been at Excel since kindergarten. When I first came here I was shy and was scared to speak to people because I thought they wouldn’t like me. Eventually, I made some friends and I still talk to those friends and we have a strong bond. I always tried to fit in with different people in my classes, but I stopped doing that once I realized that they don’t make me happy. They aren’t there for me, so why should I please them? I stay to myself and don’t talk to many people, except from my friends. I am going to Somerset High School in the fall. I am scared to go to high school because I don’t know if I will fit in. Even though I am nervous, I have goals for my next 4 years of high school. I plan to stay to myself because I want to stay focused on my goals. I also plan to keep my grades on point because my my high school academic performance is important to the college admission teams. I know good grades are imperative to good colleges. I want to go to college, so that my family can be proud, especially my mom. My family wants me to be the best I can be and to become a successful adult and I don’t want to let my family down. I want to give back to them as much as they gave to me .They took care of me so I am going to take care of them.

I really owe all of my current and future success to my mother. My mother inspires me to be a great person like her. I have a roof over my head, food on the table, and a role model to look up to. My mom wants me to have a great childhood because she didn’t really have a great childhood.That’s why she tells me things that I need to hear, so I can be ready for this cold world. My mother reminds me that I have good things in my life and that I am only 13 years old and have my whole life ahead of me.

Now, I have a different last name but I am still the same person.This is the start of something new for me. After writing this, I feel relieved and motivated to be the best that I can be. I know that all the things that I’ve experienced will make me a stronger and a better person.  When I grow up, I want to be a writer and write the best books in the world. I want to be known as S, “The Best Selling Author.” I want to be very successful in life. I want to move my family out of Southeast, I want to be a great leader and inspiration to my younger siblings. I want them to look up to me and say that I was a great role model. My advice to the younger scholars is to stay focused on your academics, it will pay off in the future. My favorite quote is “Be your own kind of beautiful.” This is my favorite quote because you have to define your beauty and learn to not care about what others think about you.

– SW