My name is Grace P Kamara, I wasborn and raised in a small country called Monrovia Liberia. I come from afamily of six four boys and two girls. At the age of five-year-old, my fatherleft us for another woman.

After few years I lost my dad to food poisoning. Afterthe death of my father everything changed for the worst. I was not too close tomy dad but, his death hurt me so much because I really wanted to get close tohim. I had to stop going to school because my mother was not able to afford myfees, I had difficulty sleeping and eating, I was out of school for four years.

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During that four years, it was hard for me to watch my friends go to schoolwhile I stay at home. Things were so bad for us that almost every day we use togo to bed on an empty stomach.  At theend of 2006, my mom won the Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery. We came to theU.

S. in 2007. After threeweeks of being in the U.S., I started Middle school which was one of the mostdifficult time in my life, because kids in my school were so mean to me, that Ididn’t have any friends in elementary school, and I was routinely picked on bybullies. I really didn’t care that everyone teased me and called me ugly orfat. But in the back of my mind, it affected me.

Despite my outward expressionof self-confidence, I was only confident when I was by myself. That led to mebeing “slow-to-warm-up to people.”  Ikept to myself most of the time.  Kidskept picking on me in school and it stopped me from getting involved in schoolactivities.  No one did anything aboutit, so I felt unsafe coming and going to school.  My grades started to drop down and my motherwas so busy working, she had to take care of six children all by herself. We harderget to see our mom because of her jobs. We were left to take care of our self.

As I grow up, Itold myself that I can’t allow anyone to put me down I was going to fight backto gain my self-esteem back by, losing weight and bring my grade up no matterwhat. I start to work on my English and grammar every day and nights. As timego by, I got better with my English, grammar, and my grade also got better.   I made the decision to look past mychildhood and take whatever life had though than and a movie on.

  I went to high school I did great my firstyears in high school I pass all my English class with nothing less than A. Ihave learned a lot and I’m still learning about myself, I try as much tosocialize with people. I have learned to deal with my emotion by not allowingthings to get to me.