Now, my entire family has to live in one room, with only two queen-size beds and one bathroom. I had to switch schools and move away from my friends.
When we first moved into the shelter, I was really unhappy. There are approximately 100 other families living in the shelter, but there are no spaces where kids can hang out. We stayed in our room all day.
It was difficult for me to do homework because I couldn’t concentrate with my family there talking and playing—so I got into the habit of staying up late to complete my assignments.
Initially, I was embarrassed about being homeless, so I didn’t tell my old friends. People imagine a homeless person as dirty and living on the street, but that’s not me at all. I’m an honors student, and I love to read, listen to Selena Gomez, and watch movies like Finding Dory. And since fifth grade, I’ve loved being a Girl Scout.