I am a music addict, a flower child, and I should have been born in the 1970s or 1980s. My name is Samantha but I don’t respond to that unless I am at home. I come from a very close-knit family, but I barely see both sides. This is because most of my family lives in Mexico. I haven’t visited Mexico since I moved back to the United States when I was five. It has been too long! Most of my childhood was spent in Little Italy, the Bronx, and Mexico. Besides writing, I have many other interests. I like to cut and style hair and do makeup. However my favorite thing is to make people laugh. I can’t go one day without laughing. I will find it very odd if that ever changes. What really motivated me to join the YI Writers program was the opportunity to see art in a different form, whether in words or on a canvas.