My American story started when I learned what America stands for. When I heard that America is supposed to be a place where people have opportunities and freedom, I felt a sense of pride that I was from a place that valued those things. Recently, with all the awful things going on, though, I've felt less proud to be from here. It makes me sad and angry that people's rights and lives are being questioned. That's not what America stands for. My hope is that with a lot of work and patience, this country might find some peace.