I found out that my house is where my family is. I was born in Mexico, but came to the United States with my family when I was five. America is our hometown. This is where we grew up, faced challenges and celebrated our victory. Of the eight in our family, I went to college, the first generation of students.
I learned about undocumented status in junior high school. I remember worrying that it might not create the future. During this time, my family had financial problems. I saw my parents crunch the numbers late at night. But from a difficult time I found hope. Coupled with our motivation and hard work, we knew we could cope with the difficulties of life. My immigrant status should not prevent me from pursuing my dreams, so I found the same motives and efforts that my parents had to make a living here.
I was overjoyed when I learned that I had received a scholarship from The Dream.US. DACA and The Dream.US have changed the course of my life. I am currently studying a biology specialty at Phoenix University. This allows you to pursue your passion for science and medicine.
In middle school and high school, I made lifelong friends. They encouraged me and reminded me of having faith when I began to question whether I could succeed here. Your support has shown how important it is to have someone beside you. That’s one of the reasons I want to be a mentor for other people, especially DREAMers who want to go to college. I want to tell all dreamers, and all people, never give up hope. If you do your best, you can make your dreams come true. It’s never easy, but your efforts aren’t wasted.