My name is Maria Belayadi and I am a second year college student at San Francisco State University. I am currently studying English with an emphasis on Creative Writing and my minor is Spanish. I am an Algerian living in the U.S. and I am bilingual. I speak the colloquial language in Algeria known as “darja.” It is important to me to bring attention to North Africa and its history along with its development with the culture and identity of the people.