Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

From the Scholars' Corner

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

From the Scholars' Corner

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My education aspirations are rooted in a history of struggle and resiliency. My family and I immigrated to the United States when I was 8 years old, because, like other countless families, the financial instability in México pushed us to look for better opportunities. We moved to Santa Barbara, California, where my grandfather had made his home after years of low-wage labor as a Bracero worker. While I benefited from growing up in a fairly affluent city, the supremacy of whiteness led to many instances of racism and the devaluing of my identity. Fortunately, I found strength in my family's stories of sacrifice and survival; I knew that although we had little, our perseverance was enough to carry us far beyond what we could imagine. I knew when I left to attend UCLA that I carried the responsibility of the first in the family to go to college, but I also understood how important it was to create pathways for others to be able to pursue an education.

As I started at UCLA, I struggled. I did not feel like I belonged and lacked the confidence to succeed in such a large university. …

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