I was the first in my family to go to high school and receive a diploma and the only one who has gone further on to college. My parents immigrated into the United States, like many other families, seeking for job opportunities that would allow them to provide my brothers and I with choices they did not have.
I began my college education knowing of the importance of social justice and furthermore the need for individuals who are dedicated to promoting social chance. People who believe that every person should be given access to resources regardless of race, gender, ability, age, class, sexual orientation, faith, or immigration status.
My own experience taught me, early on, that it was because of the contributions and efforts of surrounding caring teachers, mentors, and educators that guided me to a path that transformed my life. If it had not been for those individuals who believed in me, my life would be different today. Today, I find myself finishing up a Master’s program in social work. I have spent most of my life preparing myself with an education, believing in the empowerment it provides. I find myself fragmented and lost in the mists of the immigration reform that has yet to come. I waited patiently for the moment to reach us. I have waited for more than twenty years. I believe the time has come.