I was raised by my grandmother who was born in 1886. I always wanted to be an actress since I was a little girl, but my grandmother would not let me. I was not able to pursue my dream of becoming an actress until I separated from my husband. At that time, I also started to bring to classes and performances my youngest daughter Patricia. This opportunity changed both of our lives, and now at 80 years old, I am still acting and being active in the community. Imagine if all women, regardless of obstacles or age, could fulfill on their dreams.
In 1991, I immigrated to the United States with two pieces of luggage and two children. My daughter Carla was three years old, and my son Rudik was one. . Seven years later, I separated from my husband and became a single mother. Meeting other single mothers like myself helped me face my many challenges and to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. . Carla is now is a Social Worker and a professor at a community college and Rudik a Film Director. . Imagine if all immigrant children or children born to immigrant women could also have these opportunities and achieve a bright future to make a difference in their lives and in their communities.
When I was 18 years-old, while applying for college, I learned I was undocumented. Eventually I became a permanent U.S. resident, and I was able to attend USC and pursue a career that transformed me and those around me. I am now a social worker and a professor in Sociology at a community college. Now I am much closer to pursuing my dream of earning a PhD in my field.
Imagine if all undocumented students could dream big and fulfill those dreams to make a difference in their lives and in their communities.