Throughout elementary school Layla never felt different from anyone in her family. She spoke the language, knew the culture. Her skin was just lighter but she knew cousins and aunts who also had lighter skin. Her hair wasn’t any different. The only time during those earlier years that she felt different was when she looked in the mirror and saw her lighter hazel eyes. They were pretty as everyone said but she hated them. It was the center of attention when with family and new friends who ask why her eye colour was so different.
Layla went to a majority Somali middle school. That was when she really started to feel different and didn’t fit in. She had a lot of Somali friends but it was different when she went to school where almost everyone wa...
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...s the women she is today. She explained how grateful she was for that opportunity and she made life long friends that she never knew would be possible. Layla graduated with a bachelor in Social Psychology and Political science. She is still applying to grad schools and is mainly looking at programs in international development or peace and conflict resolution. Layla finished off the interview with saying she identifies as Somali, she doesn’t deny her father’s and is proud to be African-American and white. She at one point would identify as Somali-African American and it sometimes changes she explained. “Not that I’m confused or anything, but sometimes it changes”. Layla loves reading and watching Doctor Who, she’s allergic to cats and can’t stand the smell of olives. Layla wants people in the future people to just keep their opinions to himself and not bother her.
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