Five years ago, my college bound counselor, Lauren Quigley, and my drama teacher, Caitlin Stanton, invited my mom and I to Lauren's office. Lauren told my mom that I wasn't eligible for any federal aid because of my undocumented status. My mom started crying because she worried that I wouldn't be able to get to college. However, Lauren and Caitlin promised my mom that they would help me get into a good college.
True to their words, I was a finalist for Questbridge and got accepted to the University of Notre Dame. I want to use DACA to improve Notre Dame for its undocumented students. As a rising Sophomore, I received a grant from the Institute of Latino Studies to research medical schools' policies towards undocumented students. I am now working on sharing my research with Notre Dame officials.
In this upcoming year, I will be one of the President's of Student Coalition of Immigration Advocacy and continue to work with We Stand For to educate everyone on immigration and immigration rights. I will continue to adamantly share my undocumented story because I still do not see any Asian undocumented stories. There many undocumented immigrants that aren't of Hispanic and Latino heritage. I want to see more black undocumented stories, more Arab undocumented stories, more Chinese undocumented stories and on and on! It's time the media share all these unique stories.
DACA has allowed to partake in so many activities. But, I will not hesitate to criticize that DACA needs to be improve so that more undocumented youth can take advantage of the opportunities around them. I hope in the upcoming years that more undocumented immigrants are eligible for DACA and the media reflects all the different voices and heritage of DACA recipients.
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