History: What About Me?
By Odalis Mendez
“History: What About Me?” is a piece reflecting on women in history and the mark I plan to leave in history. The inspiration came from when I was speaking to my mentor, Rachel, about the legacy many women have left and how I would like to do the same, even if it was not written in a textbook. By this, I mean that history is not just the one we learn about in school. It is something we all are part of without knowing. I believe this piece represents my best work because I did something new and the result felt rewarding. I demonstrated to myself that I was capable of stepping out of my comfort zone and accomplishing great things.
This piece was created to honor the women of our past and how they left their mark in history. I also chose to include how I am able to leave my mark in history. I decided to make a stop motion animation, so I used the app Stop Motion Studio to create my film. I have never done a stop motion animation before, so I learned how to use the app properly and the basics of a stop motion animation. I expected to face many challenges while creating the film, however it was pretty simple and fun to create. Once I completed the film, I felt very satisfied and happy with how it turned out. I felt accomplished because it was something out of my comfort zone and I had worked hard on it.
Meet the Pair
MENTEE ODALIS MENDEZ & MENTOR RACHEL PRATER
Odalis’s Anecdote: Meeting Rachel has changed my perception of writing. She taught me how to appreciate writing and how it contributes to our everyday lives. Our weekly meetings have become something I always look forward to. I am glad that we bonded quickly on our first meeting over our common interests. She has inspired me to share my story and to speak out. Rachel has allowed me to believe that I can make history by inspiring others to speak as well. Not only has Rachel become my mentor, but she has become a friend I hold close to my heart.
Rachel’s Anecdote: Girls Write Now has changed my life. I am incredibly proud of Odalis and am grateful for our quick bond. It helps that we have a lot in common (ghost stories, music, entertainment, and love for our family)! But she has taught me more than she knows and inspired me to be a better woman and writer. She is the first generation in her family and the first female to graduate, then attend college. Because of this, I’ve been more encouraged than ever to support the stories of immigrants. Everyone’s journey is important as we Take Our Place in History.
Odalis Mendez is a class of 2020 Girls Write Now mentee based in Bronx, NY.