This article was written by Chiqui Cartagena for

With a name like Chiqui Cartagena, you can’t escape the fact that you’re different from your classmates in school. From the first grade on, I was constantly looked down upon and treated differently — and sometimes not so nicely.

I’m an Army brat. My father was a decorated veteran of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment that bravely fought in the Korean War. When he left the armed forces, he became a corporate executive for General Electric in Spain, which is where I grew up from the age of 6 until I was 21 years old.

When I came to the U.S. to finish my education and became a journalist…

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