Hello my name is Aditi Karthik. I am an American born girl of Indian origin. Something that makes me unique is my colorful personality. Each of my personality trite has a unique color to it. For example, humor is a great color I wear proudly. I love to make people laugh by doing silly things or by telling jokes. Mostly, I do not have a problem embarrassing myself to make others laugh.
I always try to be brave even when I am faced with negativity. When I was in 1st grade, I was the only Indian student in my class. My classmates were always saying hurtful things to me about my skin color because I looked different from them. They would say they were allergic to brown skin and would not let me play with them during recess. Though it made me feel really bad, I would ignore them and try to be brave about it. My parents told me that maybe my classmates were being mean because they did not know about my culture. So, when the class was celebrating International Day, they encouraged me to share about my background to educate my classmates about my culture. Though I was very scared to go up before my class at first about it—I did it! When I was done, the class gave me a round of applause and some smiles. Some of the kids even became friends with me after that.
That experience also taught me that I was bold which is a very important part of me. I also learned to stand up for myself and others if I think the cause is worth it.
I have embraced my differences and worked very hard to be the person I am today with my colorful and boundless spirit. I have also realized that it is ok if everyone does not like me.
The most important thing is that I like myself and I am happy.