20 Feb

A Student from UT Austin

I was brought to the United States at the age of 1.  My parents thought it was best for the family financially to move here. My whole status didn’t start to affect me until middle school.  I was always told that because of my status I wouldn’t be able to pursue further in my studies later on in college.  It wasn’t until later on when a LULAC associate informed me otherwise.

Like me, people were and still are misinformed on whether or not they are going to be able to keep studying later on in life.  It’s weird to find someone else with the same situation as me.  However, when I do, I try my  best to give them the right information.  I am classified as an HP 1403 or SP1838 Student, which means that I would be treated as an international student, paying state tuition, and I was able to receive financial aid.  I help motivate people because I can relate to them in most cases.  I know how hard it is to open up to people about a serious situation such as your status.  I’m very hesitant to tell people about it.  I have friends who are really open about it.  My friend almost had a close call one day. and it’s reasons like this that terrify me.  It was hard for me to tell people of my status.  I always have to keep my guard out for people, it’s just so hard to trust anyone.  In fact, it wasn’t until 3 years ago that I finally told my best friend about my whole situation.  That’s just how hard it is for me to open up.

Even though I knew I would be able to further my education later on in life, I still tried to be the best I could be.  Because I’ve gone through so many difficulties, I feel like I’m able to withstand a lot more than other people.  I always try to keep a positive mindset.  I have to keep going because only God knows what’s in store for me.  If you want something you’re going to have to earn it, and that’s just what I’m trying to do.

Although I’m still not a citizen, I’m highly involved in many organizations. Right now what I’m highly hoping for is that the Dream Act goes through to help many students like me in the future. It’s very difficult for a student who’s about to graduate to go look for a job if he/she isn’t documented.  It’s hard enough that I’m a Latina and a minority woman.  To add that I’m an immigrant doesn’t exactly scream out opportunity for companies

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