My road in life took a while to figure out.
When she was four years old, her mother left her with her grandmother in El Salvador in search of a better life in the United States.
At the age of eight, her mom sent for her, trusting a coyotaje (or illegal human smuggler) to take her on a month-long journey across multiple borders and into the United States.
From a young age, her mother started collecting her schoolwork and awards to present to lawyers in order to argue her daughter’s right to residency.
It wasn’t until she was a sophomore in high school that she became a resident.
Throughout her schooling, she saw her mother struggling to support the two of them financially; seeing that struggle motivated her to pursue a four-year post-secondary education.
She was able to attend college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in global studies and Chicano Studies.
Working at College Track, she helps students get the support they need—both in school and at home—through policies like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Says a huge source of her motivation today is creating a better world of opportunity for her young niece.
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