For author Guadalupe Mejia, the notion of identity as a multifaceted marker of one’s personhood created a sense of confusion and displacement within her. She struggled with a feeling of not belonging. Chronicling some of her experiences leading up to her college years, Mejia attempts to negotiate the ways in which her lived experiences, heritage and customs, and language and accent play a role in the person she strives to be and is expected to be. In the end, she comes to terms with her multicultural reality as a first-generation college student and first-generation U.S.-born American, but it isn’t easy.

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