Andres Villalba - Define American

Andres Villalba

Lynn, MA

My parents and I came to this country 10 years ago, and like everybody else I attended high school. I made friends, I had my dreams, I got frustated and like everybody else I graduated. But it was a rude awakening to know that my future as a student had ended with a high school diploma. The struggles my parents had gone through to give me an opportunity became obsolete and ironically truncated my future. Every day I contribute to the very essence of the “American Dream” without being able to partake. At age 24 my goal of attending college is more a dream than a possibility. My relationship with my parents has detereorated due to our situation, I am very afraid of the fact that I have no ability to better my situation.

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