Gaby Pacheco: The Intricacies of My Undocumented Life
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
With high hopes and the doors to adulthood at the reach of my hand, ten years ago I was 18, in 12th grade and preparing to face the world.
I learned about my undocumented status when I was entering the 8th grade. My oldest sister, Erika, was denied access to Miami Dade College, then Miami Dade Community College, because she was undocumented. That day, she came home with my mom with a hopeless expression and it broke my heart. Knowing that she couldn't go to college made me extremely nervous about my own fate and I thought, "What would become of me after my high school graduation?"
Under different circumstances, I would have probably quit school, found a job, and moved on with my life. However, I was stubborn and as a solutions-oriented person, I decided to stay in school and figure out a way to go to college. My logic was simple; I knew I couldn't be the only undocumented person in school. I began sharing my story with others because I thought maybe someone could help me
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