Diary: Coming to America

“We are going to live in El Paso in one month,” my mom told me one night in May. It was my senior year of high school and my mom decided to come move to the border town of El Paso, Texas from my hometown of Chihuahua, Mexico.  One night in May, they tried to kidnap my mom and our life changed forever.  It was my last year of high school and I had so many dreams.  They all seemed to slip away.  I had been nominated to be the student body president at my school and the captain of my soccer team.  All my best friends were in Chihuahua.  My entire life was there, but my entire life changed in one night.  I didn’t want to move to the U.S.  I cried almost every night begging my mother to let me stay, but she never changed her mind.  Now, I appreciate her decision.

Mexican & American Flag

When I arrived to the U.S., none of the schools wanted to honor all my high school class credits.  Some schools even wanted to hold me back two years.  I didn’t want that.  It wasn’t until I found one school that would accept me and would let me graduate in the same year.  When I started at my new school in the U.S., I didn’t know anyone.  I spent my birthday alone because all my friends lived in Mexico.  More than anything, my attitude didn’t allow me to be happy because I was mad at my life and being forced to move.  Slowly, I began adapting.  I became friends with twins who introduced me to new friends.  Until now, they are still the best friends I have.  I stopped visiting Mexico and began adapting to my new life here.

At the beginning of 2010, I had to decide what university I wanted to attend.  At first, I didn’t want to stay to attend the University of Texas at El Paso.  As the date for graduation approached, I decided to enroll in UTEP because I didn’t have many options.  My mom would stay by herself if I left, and I didn’t want to leave her.  This college opened doors for me and became an incredible part of my future.  When I first started, the school was very welcoming and made a great impression on me.  I got to know lots of professors who are wonderful role models for me to follow.  Now, I want to graduate from college here and I am grateful for all the opportunities it has provided me.

It wasn’t easy to adapt to a completely different culture.  It wasn’t easy to leave behind all my friends, but it is easy to remember that everyday we have the opportunity to live for that day to its fullest.  It is easy to remember all the experiences and memories that I have of my hometown in Mexico.  Best of all, it is incredible to be a part of this organization and to learn from all of you.

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