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Mariana's College Dream

Organized by: Mariana Ortiz

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EVENT DATE Aug 01, 2014

THE STORY:

I have been blessed with many academic opportunities but with those blessings came with a whole lot of disillusionment. I have had to sacrifice many opportunities throughout high school because my low income family cannot contribute economically or because for some reason those opportunities asked for a social security number. I am an undocumented student seeking higher education. Recently, I was informed that I would have all my tuition payed for in CSU Stanislaus but as an undocumented student I could not obtain the Federal Grant or a loan to help pay for housing or books. The problem: the school is 7 hours away from my home and I would absolutely need the money for housing at least. To clarify, yes, although I am expressing interest in receiving higher level education I am being denied the money to help me reach that goal. Now, I have also been offered admission into a local University which would save me the stress of needing a loan or additional money than what the state is giving me. But, I will not take the easy way out. I will not stand for not following my dreams due to my lack of money or citizenship any longer. This is where I draw the line. I do realize that if I do not raise the money by the end of summer that I will not have a home in the area of my school which will force me to not attend during the Fall. But, I also realize that I have a will therefore there must be a way. I am asking for donations to help pay for my housing my freshmen year of college. I trust there will be a change that will allow undocumented students to obtain loans in the near future so as of now I only worry about raising enough to help me pay for my first academic year. Thank you for your time and I do hope to keep in contact with anyone who does decide to invest in my future. God bless all.

Back Ground Info:
As a Latina living in America I have realized that this nation does not live up to its expectations. I wasn’t born but I was raised in the United States, a country that takes “pride” upon its numerous immigrants until those immigrants aren’t legal. I attend a school in which being black or white is socially acceptable. Being gay or lesbian is becoming part of the social norm. But I, the undocumented student, am still being othered. Bigger than my community, society is being driven by status specifically: education, jobs, and materialism. My lack of citizenship personally became an issue when I began coming across several obstacles that prevented me from an easy academic journey. Ironically, pessimistic teachers and stereotypes made the absence of financial support the easiest barrier. Yet, I felt like an anomaly and as if I were being rejected for being myself which only created hopelessness. But I have grown precocious and I know that it is not impossible for me to break away from the poverty succession and from being disenfranchised. Being an American Dreamer to me means I must be twice as brave because I need to work harder and I need to be twice as strong because I am at higher risk of being discouraged.
I will be attending CSU Stanislaus in Turlock California as a Spanish major. Due to my lack of citizenship I cannot receive any loans therefore I will be living off campus paying my rent month to month. But, I do plan to transfer after two years to my dream school. Therefore, ten years from now I see myself graduated from UC Santa Cruz, my dream school, with a bachelors in Spanish and a masters degree in Linguistics.

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