Citlaly Orozco came into college as a quiet and shy person, obedient to all authority including her parents. This narrative reflects on the challenges, conflicts, and contradictions that Orozco has experienced with her mom, who she considers a close friend. Orozco shows how fear and guilt have shaped her college experience and interactions with her family; however, by being the strong, independent, and loving woman her mom taught her to be, Orozco comes to understand that she can be true to herself without feeling guilt. This realization helps Orozco to work through the challenges and moments of weakness to arrive at a place of peace.

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