Oakland Voices correspondent Marabet Morales in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Marabet Morales is a twenty-one year old college student. Marabet is an Oakland native but identifies as Guatemalan-American. She is bilingual and attempts to write in Spanish every once in a blue moon. She is currently a student at Berkeley City College and is in the midst of applying to transfer to SF State for Creative Writing. Her goal is to eventually become an editor for a publishing company. She believes that helping cultivate a passion for reading in young children is essential for the future. Marabet’s love for Oakland, writing, and working hard for her community is what drives her everyday. She wants to be a role model for young women of color who want to write or be artists. She writes this article in hope that somewhere a young woman will find her voice as she was able to do. An interesting but weird fact about Marabet is that she is allergic to nutella.