Eloisa Santos, 17. Born in the Bronx, NewYork, NY
Coming from the Bronx makes me more strong in a sense, because I get to see this different world, separate from the stereotypes—it makes me less judgmental and more understanding of everyone around me. Everyone should feel a responsibility to maintain this environment, keep it safe, keep it good. Sometimes you have to sit down and really look at something though, really think about something in order to make it great. It doesn’t have to be fast-paced, I think slower is better. The turtle wins the race sometimes, you know?