My name is Maria and I.M. Beyond Borders.
Get behind the scenes what I'm calling a "golden ticket," a pass I've been rejected for several years, hoped and prayed for, and recently make my dream come true. I'm doing all of this with a full ride scholarship with a group that full supports me. I won't stop here. If you find this inspiring, please share to show "si, se puede."
Last night, I celebrated New Year's in Paris, France, the country I always dreamt of visiting. Some people here have mistaken me as American, but the reality is incredibly different. Yes, I am American by heart, but I am a Mexican by birth. Another thing they don't know is that I am DACAmented in the United States, and am in Europe only because of what I call a golden ticket-Advance Parole.
My life in the U.S. has been rough since day one. Not knowing the language or culture was a huge back-breaking barrier, but I didn't allow it to push me down. Growing up in the U.S. since I was 7 years old brought me to value this country immensely. It's been the only place I truly know and call home. Regardless of graduating in the top 3% of my high school class, it's been a rough rollercoaster ride, especially now in college. Doors have closed on me because not being a U.S. citizen or resident disqualified me from several college funding opportunities. That didn't stop me: I'm blessed to say I've somehow been able to fight for enough scholarships to pay my entire way to college. I'm more blessed to say nothing was simply handed to me so, I've learned how to work hard for what I want. Part of me is happy because since I received DACA, many doors have opened; however, at the same time, it gave many the authority to deny to us rights that should be fundamental. These obstacles have prepared me for things like why I am here today. These obstacles have empowered me to prove that we are students wanting a betterment of OUR nation.
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