Many hopefully can relate to this but for a month I have been following Daniela story. I know @dany_freespirit for almost two years now. When I met her I did not know much about her story but I did know she was smart, dedicated, compassionated, and a hard-working student. I can recall, when she spoke to me about her dreams two years ago, and I knew that she was determined to achieve them. Before she graduated Montgomery College, I had the privilege to meet with her during her breaks in the college cafeteria between her classes. And every-time we met she always seemed tired, wasted, stressed and perhaps even ready to give up. Somehow she always carried a hopeful smile, and not only she will talk to me about her classes but about her student struggles. I had no idea that her struggles were much worse than I thought.
Later in life, I find out that she graduated from Montgomery College and transferred to Salisbury University. College started for me again but I felt there was something missing, and after hearing many stories about DACA recipients. I decided to start a short project that was also part of my college program final assignment. I started reaching out to people and I decided to get in touch with Daniela. I did not know she was a DACA recipient and what they were confronting. These past weeks I have been privileged to wear different shoes that has tough me a lot. It has been an interesting journey capturing her life and I am honored to share her story. This project is only the beginning of something bigger and I will continue to share more of Daniela’s story and other DACA recipients. DACA gave hope to many undocumented immigrants but now is destroying their dreams and hopes