I always knew my journey in a country that I was not born in, but the only one I know was going to be difficult. My future has always been uncertain and talking about my legal status was something that I was not open to talk about. I am not ashamed of where I come from in fact I am proud to come from a country full of history, traditions, customs, and dialects. I was mostly afraid of the reaction of my own friends and the questions that they may have had. Over the years I have faced challenges that made me feel a mix of emotions. At times I believed that hard work paid off while other times I just felt like giving up. However, in 2012 former President Barack Obama, passed DACA which allowed me to obtain temporary legal status, a work authorization card, and a social security number. This changed many things in my life from the moment I became a DACA recipient. During my senior year of high school while applying to colleges I felt pressured and overwhelmed. In the back of my mind I knew that paying for school was going to be difficult, receiving scholarships was not going to be easy, but I still wanted to know if colleges thought I was good enough as a student. Each time I received a letter home I felt proud of myself for my accomplishments, but I felt disappointed because I knew that the reality was that I would not be going. I saw my friends extremely happy knowing that they would go away for college. I was one of the few students to attend a CUNY community college. Although, I was not thrilled at first or sure as to what I wanted to do I can honestly say that I met various individuals who have inspired me. I realized many things that I never thought about which are: 1. There are many other people just like me 2. Stories are powerful 3. We have the support of people who care about us One thing that I will never forget a student once said is “we all share the same story, but we all live it different”.
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