I came upon the NYSYLC website when I was doing research about students who are like me, undocumented. I’m so glad I found this website because now I know that I’m not the only one feeling this way. Others are fighting for the same dream.
I was born in Ecuador and came here at the age of 5. My mother had me at a young age and came to this country so I could have a better future. I faced numerous of difficulties and challenges, yet these circumstances have allowed me to grow as a person and become stronger.
Since my mother didn’t speak english very well, I had to translate everything for her and do everything on my own. I didn’t really mind because it only made me extraordinarily independent. My immigration status didn’t affect me until I turned 16. That is when I came to the realization that I would not be able to do the certain things that my friends could. The simple things like getting a driver’s license, travel or receive financial aid for college. That is when I told myself that I would not give up or stop believing.
Entering my junior year of high school I had a goal and it was to be the best student that I could be. I worked hard to get my grades up and finished the year with the best grades that I have ever gotten. Now I’m 17 years old and a senior in high school. I’m trying to apply to college and hope to pursue my dream of obtaining higher education. I want to be able to give back to this country because I feel like it is my home. I want to become a nurse and help others in any way that I can.
This journey has been difficult and it will only get more challenging. However, I have faith that every single undocumented individual will see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Bernice Johnson Reagon once said, “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” All these challenges we face will be worthwhile in the end. Angy’s videos and the different blog posts on this website have shown me that I’m not alone.