I am a first generation college graduate in my family. My father comes from the a city called Monterrey in Mexico, while my mother made it to America from a small puebla in Aguascalientes. Myself and my siblings were fortunate enough to be born on American soil, which means I am an American citizen through and through. This is a privilege I’ve enjoyed my entire life, but I have been through hell getting even to where I am now. Both of my parents were poor Mexican citizens with little to no opportunity where they come from, so they ventured out from their comfort zone for a CHANCE at making something of themselves. Somewhere along the way, I came about. Their entire lives, they worked for everything you had. I was the poor Hispanic kid in Fort Smith, Arkansas who always got those dirty looks. Even when I got my first job at 15, I was “stealing someone’s job”. Not finding a way to provide for myself and my family, but stealing a position a nursing home serving the elderly their meals. The one thing I will always carry is the ambition my parents always carried. They wanted nothing but the best for us and refused to let us give up. When I was down and wanted to give up, they would be there with a bowl of soup or a kick in the ass, whichever I needed. Today, I have graduated with my degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith. To all of you, I say, don’t give up. Never surrender, if you’re down that’s okay. It’s okay to cry, it’s okay feel like you have failed. The one thing that is not okay is to give up. Failure IS an option, but always come back at full force. Develop a strategy and execute. Thank you for reading this, I hope this has provided some inspiration to you. Also, if my parents get ahold of this, thank you for everything you’ve ever done for me. You are my motivation for everything I do and I love you both dearly.