Lizbeth Manzano - Define American

Lizbeth Manzano

Alpharetta, GA

I came to the U.S. when I was 6 years old. I took a bus from Mexico to the U.S. with documents that my dad borrowed from a friend, although I didn’t know that at the time. Right now I am 17 and a Junior in High School. Since the time I start school I have been in honor programs and as soon as I started high school I was recommend for all AP classes possible. This year I started the IB program which is available in my school. With a GPA higher than 4.0 I have been receiving a lot of college information and invitations for programs in the summer. But due to my lack of documents I cannot go to any of them since I do not qualify for scholarships, and since my family does not have the money I haven’t been able to go to any of them. Now, that I am about to graduate I know that unless the DREAM Act passes, I won’t be able to go to college, although I dream of becoming an architect one day. For now, hope and determination keeps me going, but sometimes I really don’t know what I’m going to do if it doesn’t pass.

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