Spanglish Made Me Do It

 

I was born in Barranquilla, a small coastal town in Colombia. I moved to the United States when I was 16. A very critical age in terms of development but so it happened and I was excited about it. Once in college, I often became frustrated at not feeling 100% comfortable neither with English nor Spanish. I count in English but dream in Spanish. I explain things better in English (occasionally) but  feel more comfortable in Spanish. I curse and fight in Spanglish. I forget words, stumble at times and have an accent. It's a mess.

As a bilingual journalist, I’ve had to switch from reporting in English to Spanish and vice versa many times. Without a doubt, having a "bicultural brain" has made my job harder. It took a lot of convincing and inner "pep talks" but I now see it as the blessing that it is. It's not a nuisance; it's Stephanie. I was inspired by theSkimm to show others that if I understand the news, anyone can. Topics like politics, law, economy CAN be easily grasped.

In March of this year I decided to create News Quickies to, not only prove this, but to also embrace who I am: a millennial and an immigrant.

You can watch News Quickies on lots of different topics right HERE