For a while, I didn’t think I was going to go to college just because without financial aid, I wasn’t going to be able to afford it. I mean, U.S. born Americans barely can afford college, so how is an undocumented immigrant going to afford it?
Thankfully at Drake is able to work with me and provides me with scholarships that are based from the institution rather than being based in the state or federal.
So since I can live at home, and Drake pays half of my tuition, I have to make up the difference of $12,000 each year. I do that with monthly payments. That is still a lot of money to come out randomly, but my family has been able to do it.
Over the summers, I worked a total in a week close to 70 hours. I would go to one job at 7:00 am and then leave that job at 2:30pm and go to my other job and stay there until 11:00pm. I would then go to bed and wake up and do it all over again. It is good though, because I don’t have any student loans, or any debt.
“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”
I am also a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows me to not get deported for two years and have a work permit and a Social Security Card. I can’t be deported for two years, so this influenced my decision to step out and be public about my status.