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I am a small town girl in a big city school. I study at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. Originally, though, I am from a very affluent town called Glastonbury. Its about 40 minutes from New Haven but it feels like a state across the country. I was born in Hartford Hospital on August 26, 1998 and have lived in Glastonbury my whole life.

While it is an affluent town, I am not the same as others who live there. I live in a 4 bedroom home with my 3 brothers, sister, and both of my parents. We shop at Savers and TJ Maxx and only go out to dinner if we have coupons. I’m pretty sure I never even bought clothes until I was 10 because everything was handed down. Little girls were wearing Limited 2 and had an array of Juicy Tracksuits while I was in ripped jeans and a t-shirts.

Although this may seem like I am complaining about my childhood, its really the complete opposite. My house is set back in the woods with miles of open woods behind us. I had nothing but fun and adventures, but having the stigma as “Glastonbury” had people from towns all around automatically think I was rich, arrogant, and rude. Don’t get me wrong, I love my town, my friends, and I have endless love for “the G,” but its not New Haven.

The diversity is amazing and the people I have met from being here for only a short time, I know I will know for years to come. But living here now is a crazy jump from where I’ve spent 18 years living. As I said before, its only been a short time, but I can already tell ill get used to it just fine. I’m excited for all my adventures and lessons ahead in my new and different home, never forgetting my roots.

Top picture taken by Seamus on June 9, 2016. In this photo (from left to right) Kevin, Luke, Brent, Kathleen, Steve, Alexa, Michele (in front)