Ok, my name is Evelin, and I’m 17 years old.
What is your everyday inspiration
Off the top of my head, I don’t really know. I don’t really wake up and think, “what’s my inspiration?” But after thinking about it more, I think success is my inspiration–like being successful. My parents are both immigrants, never went to college–let alone high school–so I’m going to be a first generation college student next year, either at the University of Illinois or Marquette University. I’ve seen how hard my parents have worked their entire lives to give me the things I want, the least I can do to repay them is to do good in school. Especially since the last election, I’ve felt impelled to help people who suffer from any kind of discrimination, especially so because I face it myself being a female, Mexican-American. I plan on double majoring in women’s & gender studies, and social welfare, and then going to law school. I want to try to be a politician and change the many things still wrong with this country.
What is something you would change about people in the world?
I wish people weren’t so ignorant, and that they tried to open their minds a bit more. Not all Muslims are terrorists, not all Mexicans are drug dealers, being gay doesn’t mean your the devil, women can be just as strong as men.
What is your view on society today?
Up until the election, I don’t think I really realized how awful people can be, and how little we seem to care about anything worth talking about. I live in a mostly white, very republican town. It astonishes me how hate and discrimination have now become normalized. It saddens me to see my own teachers stand and do nothing after seeing and hearing white students taunt and yell hateful things at minority students. My overall view on society today is that we’ve changed, but not for the better. I think most of it has to do with people’s mentalities and the things we instill in people’s minds.
What is something you’ve struggled with?
I think lately I’ve been struggling to not completely lose my shit when I hear people say incredibly racist things at school 🙃 Other than that, I think I’ve always had this struggle towards learning to love myself–fully and complete. After I get past one insecurity, I find another and I think that kills me sometimes. I think sometimes I struggle with my own emotions and letting people know how much they mean to me.
What is a positive message you would give others?
Don’t let what others might think stop you from saying what’s truly on your mind. Never apologize for voicing your opinion.
Last question do you feel like us as people can make a difference in the world and why?
I definitely think that if we come together and unite, we can. Look what happened with the Native Americans that protested against the DAPL. We have a voice, and our voices matter. If enough of us can get in on something, we can make a change.