Karla Contreras

Karla Contreras

Fontana, CA

About two years ago, I had to make the biggest decision of my life: either leave to Mexico or stay in the U.S. Leaving to Mexico would mean leaving behind the place where I grew up and all the people I knew, basically leaving behind my whole life. Staying here would mean letting my parents go and not knowing exactly when I would get to see them again. I chose to stay to finish my education and boy was it the hardest decision I’ve ever made in my life. Last month I graduated, but unfortunately my parents weren’t there to watch me walk the stage to receive my diploma. It was heartbreaking. These last 2 years have been the hardest because I haven’t been able to see my parents face to face but thankfully I’ve had my sisters by my side who have helped me in every way possible. My parents chose to leave the country themselves due to everything that was going on with immigrants and my dad not having work anymore. If it wasn’t for my sisters letting me stay with them, I wouldn’t have finished high school. I finished high school not for me but for my parents. To show them that the reason why I chose to stay meant something. I don’t know how I’ll ever thank my parents for the sacrifices they made for me while being here in this country and for my sisters who have helped me during all this. This is only the beginning, my journey does not end here. I will become the best I can be to myself and for others around me. LA LUCHA SIGUE! 🇲🇽🎓

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