When the woman I’ll call Ana Rodriguez was eight, her third-grade teacher told her that one day she’d go to college and “make a difference.” She had no idea what he could possibly be talking about.
“I’m like, ‘What’s college?'” She laughs and shakes her head. “He said, ‘College is a place where you learn a lot, you get a degree, you can make more money and you can help people.'” Her eyes widen with excitement when she re-tells the story of the moment that changed the course of her life—this was when she decided she was going to go to college. It never occurred to her that it might not be a possibility because of her immigration status.
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Born in Irapuato in the Mexican
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