Laura Anabel Ramirez

Laura Anabel Ramirez

Lodi, CA

My name is Laura, I am 19 years old and I am the daughter of immigrant parents. I was brought to the U.S. at the age of four with no choice of my own, obviously, what is a four-year-old to know about to completely distinct countries. Turns out, the decision my parents made wasn’t the best, but it’s a way to make me realize to appreciate every opportunity that is handed to me.

I can’t stand the fact that many teens, being born in the U.S. would rather waste their lives partying and drinking than achieving something great in their lives.

I have searched everywhere for an opportunity to continue with school, and I finally achieved something. I am DREAMER, but it isn’t enough, it isn’t enough to get me through school with the financial aid like anybody else. It wasn’t as easy to apply for scholarships before, before, I couldn’t do any of that, I needed a social, which I didn’t have. Although I am now a deferred student, it isn’t enough to get me through, My college fees were paid out of pocket which wasn’t easy. I just want some help, some guidance, I want more people in my community to learn about the Dream Act so many other students like myself have more opportunities.

I have always been embarrassed about my situation, ashamed of who I was, but I no longer am. I have found friends of my age going through the same situation, I realized it’s time for us to stand together, support each other and guide each other through this struggle.

I am no longer embarrassed of who I am, I am now proud of myself. We should have no shame in our situation because we were all “A Child Who Was Brought to the U.S. With No Choice”…

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