I live and go to high school in good old Minnesota, and in some ways I am a minority, but not in the way you are thinking. Yes, my mother is Peruvian but I do not mean it in that way. I am not a minority in my sexuality, religion, or skin color. No, instead I am a minority in what I believe in. I am a republican and I am proud of my views but most of the time I hold that pride inside of me for the constant fear that someone will judge me or call me names because of what I believe in.

When I type that out it makes me feel small, and like I should stand up for what I believe in. Isn’t that what we have been taught?

But how am I going to stand up for what I believe in if I feel like another aspect of myself will be judged. I am not going to lie to you, being a teenager in a school that consists of any majority you are not a part of can be freighting. Being a teenager in general can be a freighting experience because of the continuous judgement that either comes directly your way or gets talked about behind your back.

I could talk on and on about the hardships many teenagers have but instead I will shed light on what it feels like, looks like and sounds like to be a teenager in an environment where one feels afraid to speak up about their political views which is something many people do not shed light on.

Before I tell you more about my experiences, I am going to introduce myself:

~Hi my name is Katiana (kah-tee-ah-nah).
~I go to high school in St Paul, Minnesota and love history, politics and writing.
~I am 17 years old and have lived in America my whole life. Since I was born, I have been exposed to politics on both sides of the aisle, and love learning about oppositions to my own opinions in order to better understand my own.
~I have found both negative and positive factors of being in an environment where you are surrounded by people who disagree completely with your philosophies and political opinions.
~I am not going to lie, it is hard and it challenges your patience and tolerance.

Overall, however, I think I have learned more from my ongoing experience than have lost.



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