When I was eight years old, my parents made the brave decision to move to the United States of America in search of the American Dream. At the time, I didn’t know what that meant and I didn’t know how our lives would change, but change they did — and quickly.
We settled in Miami, where many Cuban immigrants live, and got to work making our lives better. Although I’m not the only person to share my immigrant story, there are plenty of things that connect us Latino immigrants together. Things like the metaphorical hunger to survive (as Camila Cabello explained), or jumping the border without knowing the language (according to Cesar Millan) and so much more.
Here are nine things that every Latino immigrant knows to be true… And yes, even if you’re a child of immigrants, you still might relate.
People can never, ever spell your name correctly.
I’ve gotten every variation of my name spelling that you can think of, including one Starbucks barista who wrote “Arena”, except for my actual name’s spelling. And I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had to say “Gonzalez with a Z” over the phone to some confused customer service representative. It’s not just me, though. Unless your name is Maria or Jesus, then it’s likely that nobody can ever spell your first or last (or both!) name correctly.