I have no clue what I am doing with my life. I think we've all been there where we just can't pinpoint where our careers or our livelihoods will go.
My name is Angelika, I am nineteen years old, and I am from the small island of Puerto Rico.
My culture has been a huge focal point in my life. My parents, in 1998, moved to Maryland. They knew little to no English and had little money. Long story short, I got through school, fell in love with writing and dance, and now I'm here at UMBC wondering what the hell am I going to do with my degree.
Now for Puerto Rico's story. Puerto Rico is a small island in the Caribbean that was originally inhabited by the Taino people. Then good ol' Christopher Columbus came in and nearly took out the entire population with disease, slavery, and murder. This was just the beginning of the island's journey as a colony, soon after Columbus came so did slaves from Africa. So naturally all the races mixed and the United States acquired Puerto Rico as a colony from the Spanish. And now we're here....sort of.
See, the problem with Puerto Rico being a colony is that they do not have the same rights as regular states. They cannot vote in the Presidential election, the island cannot file for bankruptcy, and many other factors have led it to the state that it is in now. At a certain point, the economy was thriving, between tourism and the pharmaceutical industry and all the incentives that corporations would get from building their businesses there.
And then...hedge funds. This initiated Puerto Rico's spiraling debt which