I was born in Los Angeles, Calfornia to Dora and Luis Rivas. I have two sisters name Doris (b. 1987) and Dianne (b.1994). I also have two half-sibling from my dad's previous relationship name Caroline and Luis Jr. My whole family are from El Salvador. My family were pretty poor as we lived in a one-bedroom apartment and only one tv. Our apartment got broken in and someone stole the family car. When I was four, we moved to Durham Nc. We had a better life in Durham but I do miss LA. While Doris and our parents were at work, we were babysat by neighors. Our first babysitters were two mean, ugly women with kids of their own. They remind me of aunt spike and sponge from James and the giant peach. Then we moved to our second home. Our second babysitters were nice and had kids of their own. Then we moved again into a three-bedroom apartment. My aunt and uncle and their parents and my other aunt and uncle lived with us. My siblings and I shared a room with our parents. I started kindergarden. My teacher and I had a great relationship. When I turned six, our roomates got an apartment of their own. I had to repeat kindergarden for no reason. I wish I knew why. My best friend was John. We had a lot in common. He has two older sisters. Doris started sixth grade. My aunt Priscilla started fifth grade. During the summer befor I turned seven, we moved into a one-story house. I finally started first grade. Dianne was going to start kindergarden. We attended Pearsontown, a year-round school. During our break, our mom's friend babysat us. She's really nice and so are her kids. During the fall, Dianne and I attended Southwest, a traditional school. We didn't wanted to leave Pearsontown. I started to cry. I made a new best friend name Bria. It was nice of my classmate to give me a nice welcome on my first day and talk to me. I felt better that I am starting to fit in. Then it was off to second grade. Bria and some of my classmate from first grade was in second grade with me. Dianne had to repeat kindergarden too. In my neighorhood, Dianne and I made friends. There was Sophia, Dennis, Taylor, Haley and Baliey, Kenny and John, Eric, Big Jay and Justin. Eric was the oldest and Haley, Baliey and Sophia were the youngest. It was off to third grade. Bria had a different teacher. Our teacher was pretty mean but she's there to help me. Before Christmas break, she annoucned her and her husband are going to have a baby. We had a second teacher name Mrs. Moore to help us. When we came back, we had a new teacher name Mrs. Green. We all loved her. After we got our brenchmark test result back, I failed. I had to attend summer school but I made new friends and adults think summer school is fun but it's borning but it's better than to repeat a grade. I finally passed. Fourth grade was okay. Bria had class with me. I was bullied (mostly by the boys). I grew up with short hair which I hated because I was often miskaten as a boy. In fourth grade it was growing til Janunary "04, my mom cut it. I rufuesed to go to school til my chorus teacher helped me. I was happy to be done with fourth grade. Fifth grade was great. My teacher Mrs. Souchek is the best. I'm her favorite. The whole fifth grade had to do a concert on America. It was fun. Before thanksgiving break, we went to see The cat in the hat. Bria didn't want to see it so I hanged out with Taylor and Countney. In May, my mom had me talk to a doctor. I been having problems. I mention how I don't wanna attend middle school because the one I am going to do is horrible and how I am getting bullied. She called the school and my teacher and classmate thought I wanted to kill myself. They were worried. I told them everything will be okay. And I have no idea why they got that idea. It was nice to see support from them. In March, my parents annoucned we are moving. Where we live, there is no bus to Southest. In May, we moved into a beautiful two-story house. I like it better. It was time to say goodbye to elementary school. At the end of school, the fifth graders had a dance. Bria was going to the same middle school as me- Lowe's grove. Doris went there. I had to attend summer school for ESL (english as a second language). I speak perfect English but sadly, I don't understand Spanish or speak it well. I made new friends and there were two boys in my grade that were hot. My teacher's husband works at Lowe's grove for sixth graders. I wasn't ready for middle school. I wanted to go to DSA (durham school of arts). When it was time for school, I wanted to cry but I had to put on a brave face for my parents. I really wanted to throw up. It was horrible- I was teased for no reason. I really hated Lowe's grove. I made friends but I really didn't like them like that. We didn't had much in common. In April, I started to see a therapist. Her name is Amy. She's really nice and helpful. I send in a transcript for DSA but they denied. So I have to start seventh grade at Lowe's grove. My teachers have the stupiest rule- if you come late, it's lunch detetintion and if it happens four times, write up. It happen to me but thank god Principal Johnson decided not to do because he said I never got in trouble before. I developed my first crush on Tyquan Harris. He was so hot. For a teenager, he had a fit body. He's cousin Kyla, became a bully. She would often say she will punch me in the face or knock me down. She's a tomboy who loves basketball. We art together which was a nightmare. I had bullies before but this one wants to send me to the hosptial. Now, it was off to eight grade. Let's say this WAS THE WORST SEMESTER EVER! I hated it. I tried everything to avoid going. My bus was full and came late because our bus driver had to drop other middle school students off. The assistant princial assigned seats for everyone. Dianne and I had to seat three to a seat. Thank god the person we were sitting with us nice. I was getting teased even worse. Tyquan and I had class together. He was pretty mean as he would abuse me. I never told him my crush on him. Everyone knew. I hate how they ask sexual questions. They have no matters. I ended my friendship with Bria. She was mean and annoying and pretty dumb. We have nothing in common. All she does in her spare time is play video games and play the sims game. She is mean to Dianne. When it comes to sleepovers, she's boring and bossy. In eight grade she moved away. We been talking on the phone since second grade. When she called, I just hang up. She never called again. I made a new best friend name Corthain. We had a lot in common and she's nicer. She gets along with Tyquan but they will fight sometimes. Tyquan joined the basketball team. I know half of his teammates. Derrick and Reggie had two classes with me and rode my bus. Their pretty mean but they don't bother me. I didn't pass my math exams and had to go to summer school but I pass. I got into Jordan high school. My discrit is Hillside but that's ten times worse than Lowe's grove. My cousin Matt goes there and he loves it. Doris went to Hillside. I celebrited my sweet 15. I wasn't happy for three reasons- one- we had it at my aunt's house and 2- they played the music they like and three- they got the nastiest cake that makes me wanna puke. I was so excited to start school. I really loved it. No one messes with me, clean school, good food and they are the most mature kids than the Lowe's grove ones. Tyquan attended Jordan. I thought he might attend Hillside but I guess he thinks Jordan is better. Awesome! I still didn't tell him. I made so many new friends and I like them more than the friends I have at Lowe's grove. I started my second year at Jordan. I was the happiest person ever. If only Lowe's grove was more Jordan and I wouldn't be depressed. Then, during the summer, I got a letter that broke my heart. I didn't pass six classes (yes, that is bad). I couldn't believe it. I felt bad. You don't know how disappionted I was. Even my family were. I started to cry. I had to repeat tenth grade at Hillside. My nightmare has began. I even cried in my sleep, during my shower, I cut inbetween my legs and had nightmares. Dianne wasn't happy either. She just gotten into Jordan til my parents forse her to attend Hillside as well. When it was the first day of school, we decided to ride the bus. Them seniors are loud and annoying. Everytime we come home, Doris and our parents ask how was school. The same answer is always bad or lame. I had a couple of friends but I still wasn't happy. How could I be happy? That school is full of mean, nasty, racist, stupid, crazy people. I just wanna go back to Jordan and see my friends again. If I had to grant one wish, it would be to go back to '08 and start over. Second semester was better. In tech math class, there was a guy who seems to have a crush on me but at the same time, he's mean. His name is Brandon. He went to Lowe's grove and is good friends with Tyquan. He wants me to go to prom with him. I asked him, in front of the class and they went wild. Then I told him I couldn't because I had no money for tickets and he went mad and the class were angry. Brandon is very popular and is on the football team. I would date him but he's a jerk and rude to some of my friends. The only thing we have in common is rap and football. Summer went great. Me, along with my sisters, my older sister's daughter Rihanna and her boyfriend Shea, my mom and my four younger cousins Matt, Nick, Moris, and Katie went to the beach in Wilmington, NC. I love the waves and seeing hot, beefy guys. After a day at the beach, we went to the aquarium. Dianne and I saw Eclipse and we loved it. I turned eighteen. I was so excited. We went out for Chinese with my couins and my dad got me a chocolate cake. Then later in August, two weeks before school stated, my parents announced they are divorcing. Dianne and I had our heart broken. I called my cousin. His parents divorced when he was thirteen. He moved to durham when he started his freshman year and he lives with his dad. His younger sister, Arlene, lives with their mom in El Savlador. Dianne and I got a lot of support from friends and teachers. It was hard to deal with it. Dianne and I always behave at school but we started to change. We experince self-harm. Dianne would usually cut her self more than me. Brandon classes with me again in tech math 2. He became really mean. He smacked me in the mouth with a ruler and I had a mouth sore and he try to throw my Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows out the window. He would often tease me and my friend, Olivia. The teachers and principals and the school counselors are taking his side. My gym teacher Coach Woodall and English 3 and 4 teacher Ms. Watkins are on my side. During my second sememster, Dianne and I joined a group call Spacs- a group for girls to help us deal with difcult situations. Not a lot of girls join. Some dropped out so it was only Dianne, me and our friend Mimi. She's really cool. When I talk about Brandon, she wants to beat him up. She hates him too. I tal about how he's always teasing me. It nice to see Brianna, Susan, and Ebony (they are in charge of the SPAC meeting) care more than the principals. They should replace Mr. Leathers, Ms. Hooper and Mrs. Wright as assisant princiapls. I attended my junior prom. I didn't have a date but I had fun with my friends. I wore a cream color long dress. My sister brought me the jewerly, shoes and she did my hair and makeup. The dress belonged to her when she was a senior. She got in Los Angeles. On May 22, something went wrong. A week before that date, I wrote a letter to the principals that I am going to sue the school because you guys don't do nothing about these bullies. They called me to Mr. Leathers office. He had the idea that I wanted hurt the school and myself. Is that dumb? Was he drop on the head as a baby? I said I wanted to sue the school for bullying. He's trying to make me look bad. He called my mom and she came to school, along with Doris. They didn't believe. Neither did my dad. None of this would happen at Jordan. I been there two years and nothing happen. They are too stupid to see that. I told my friends and they agree with me. Hillside needs to be sued and shut down. Dianne mention her friend Sabrina did he same and they thought the same thing too. We both got send to Durham access (a mini mental home). I told the lady and she believed me. She was shocked that Mr. Leathers lied. All I could tell her is that I wanna go back to Jordon. No one will listen. Lucky for me, I am graduating on Jan 23, 2012 instead of May 2012. Senior year was here. My favorite class was chorus. I had chorus at Jordan for freshman and sophmore year. I had fun. I made friends fast. I singed a sample of Fergie's verse in the song Meet me halfway. The first time, I try to sing it without writing it down but I couldn't and I ran out crying and my friend Domnqiue followed me and comfront me. The second time, I wrote them down and I did it. Everyone clapped. The concert went great. I was shaking. Us girls wore a royal dress and had to wear black high heels. Doris did the makeup and hair. Everyone loved my hair. On Jan 23, I walked across the stage and earned my diploma. I was so happy. I was finally done with Hillside. We went out to Chill's with my parents, sisters, my niece Rihanna, my aunt Lucy and her two kids Moris and Katie. She gave me a thirty dollar gift card to Target, a bouquet a flowers and a card. I spend the card on junk food. I wanted to buy Half-blood prince but we no longer have a dvd player. I spend three years at Hillside and things went bad. People tell me I will go through this. I graduated and I'm upset because I didn't graduate at Jordan with my real friends. I'm done with high school and I no longer have to deal with those nasty people.
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