A cultural tradition that made an impact on my life is when I turned 15. My quinceanera was different than the typical big party and waltz. The way I decided to spend my 15th birthday was by taking a trip to Durango Mexico to visit my family. My vacation lasted about a month in which I volunteered at the local elementary school and I made a lot of friendships. I never wanted anything big for my quinceanera and plus my parents couldn’t afford it. So during my time at Mexico I was without my parents because they didn’t have vacations. My grandma decided to make a mass in my honor as a way to thank God for my 15 years. The mass was beautiful and the priest gave a nice sermon. The people from Durango were astonished because a lot of teenagers attended that mass when usually no one goes. After mass, my friends and I went to my grandma’s house in which we cut the cake and we hit the piñata. I always wanted a Tinkerbell piñata and up to this date my family teases me because they believed that I was too old to have a piñata. Well, after the fun piñata experience my friends organized me a “tardeada” which is like a little dance party with lots of balloons. The moment of the waltz arrived and I didn’t have a chambelan or a court so my friends started playing the song “Tiempo de Vals” and all my friends and the elementary school students made a big circle and one by one started dancing with me. That was a big moment for me because I wasn’t wearing a big puffy dress and I wasn’t at the most luxurious hall but I felt like a princess. I felt the love of my friends and I felt like I was maturing. I realized that to be happy you do not need to have expensive things, as long as you are with the people you love you will be happy.