Gizem Oztruk, Grade 11
Many always ask me what I am grateful for. People look at me and wonder, what is it that makes you happy, that you are alive today. I come from a complicated and confusing past. I come from inequality, domestic abuse, sickness and a not so wealthy family. For me, gratitude is defined differently than it is for many. I am grateful that I have all of my necessities, such as food and water. They keep me alive and have kept me healthy for all of my life. I am grateful for being in a place that comes to you once in a lifetime. I am grateful for everyone involved for me to be here, emotionally and financially. I always dreamt of studying abroad and learning new things about people and our world. My families financial situation never allowed me to travel a lot so being here is something I will forever remember. I am grateful that I am finally at a place
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where everyone is equal, no matter gender, race, sexuality, or anything else. I was always treated differently by the male members of my family because, in our culture, women have to do all of the chores. Women have to behave differently and are not allowed to answer back. I am grateful for every person I have met, good or bad, because they shaped me for who I am today, and I will be forever grateful for that. I am grateful that I was able to escape an abusive household and everything eventually got better. I am grateful that my best friend's cancer is gone now, and we can celebrate her health. I came a long way, and I still have a long way to go, but the events, people, things, little or big, all made me who I am today. I am happy that they put down a person fighting for inequality and will forever continue with that. A girl that gets happy from the littlest things because she sees the beauty in them. I am grateful for everything and nothing, and most importantly, I am grateful for being alive today.