My name is Nallely Bojorquez, I’m 21 years old and I’ve been living in Salt Lake City since I was 7 years old.
My dad left his family in Mexico to find a job in the United States, he found a job and really liked it here. For a year he worked very hard and saved every penny so then my mother, two brothers and I could come join him in this wonderful nation. I started second grade here and I felt right at home. As I got older I started to dream about traveling the world helping people anywhere possible (I was determined to live in Africa) I remember my friends and I talking about where we were going to visit and what careers we wanted and then the next day we had changed our minds, we would explore all kinds of possibilities but the older I got, the more I realized the restrictions my life had. It feels as if sitting in front of a table stacked with money and you see a sign that read “congratulations, this is all yours” and as you get up to throw yourself across the room, smack, you slam your body on a see-through glass wall and then you see all your friends on the other side saying “come on, get over here, we’ve all received a million dollars” and the worst part about it is that they don’t understand why you’re not over there, they don’t see the glass, they don’t even feel it there.
Hiding my legal statues left me feeling very lonely, and thoughts about my future would depress me. I had felt ashamed of myself, I was filled with anger toward life, I would ask myself “why me?” It was very difficult to find my identity because I had been waiting to become a US citizen to become someone but I’m someone. I’m a strong willed, independent woman; I’m hard working, loyal, loving, caring and funny. I can now say I love my self and it was hard to do because of so many years of feeling unworthy and when at times I wanted to give up and run away, I didn’t know where to go, I felt I didn’t belong and I couldn’t return to Mexico, because I would be throwing away all the hard work and dedication my parents had gone through to give me a comfortable life.
I’m currently attending college and loving every minute of it. I’ve had some really wonderful teachers that have giving me a lot of helpful insight; every subject I’ve taken has been so interesting and inspiring. I’m still trying to balance school life with my personal life and balance I will achieve. Going to college has helped me broaden my horizons and I’m a happier person. I have relived myself of hatred and negative thinking. I’m so very grateful for all the wonderful experiences in my life, they have mold me to the the person that I’m, even the bad times are worth me fighting for my right to be free, for my right to be a treated as a human and my right to pursuit happiness I’m here and I’m not giving up on my dreams.