Daniel Interview 

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Introduce yourself

I’m Daniel. I’m 18 years old and I’m from Costa Rica. I hope to go to college in the US in the fall.
What inspires you everyday

As a very creative person that works with music, songwriting, and poetry, I tend to get inspiration from many places, like personal experiences, stories others share with me, music, and what is happening around me and around the world. I try to get the best out of these experiences and learn from them.
What is something you would change about people in the world?

I wish people wouldn’t judge or criticize or make other people feel like less because of their differences, whether that’s gender, skin color, nationality, political views, religion, sexuality, and so many other things that shouldn’t set us apart. I’m sure we would get along so much better if people were more appreciative of their differences. I admit I struggle with that too, but I hope we will all be more comprehensive and less apprehensive.
What is your view on society today?

I think people are very divided by labels, or, more specifically, because of them. You see Democrats vs. Republicans, men vs. women, white vs. black/latino, citizens vs. immigrants, and so on… What this creates is an excuse to be critical of other people, racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic. The world is going through a rough patch right now, but I’m hopeful that we will get past this too.
What is something you’ve struggled with?

I am not a perfect person. I know that I will never be, but it gives me a hard time knowing that I want to change so much of myself. I wish I didn’t have social anxiety because of my struggle with bullying and depression during school. I wish I wasn’t as self-deprecating as I am; I wish I could accept a compliment from someone and actually believe it. I sometimes wish that I didn’t have to have an ongoing battle with my sexual identity, despite me being extremely proud of it. I wish I didn’t have to worry about my body not fitting into the standards of physique and beauty.
I wish I was more confident in the person that I am and determined enough to mold myself into who I want to be.
Last question what is your definition of a peaceful world?

A peaceful world would have no political conflicts, no wars, and no people living in poverty or neglect, but rather free to succeed and carry out their own identities without prejudice.

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