My grandparents hadn't met yet, but they were both teenagers in 1968, when they migrated to the United States. I love listening to my grandmother retell her story,
"I was born and raised on a farm, in the outskirts of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Your great-grandfather cultivated the land, and built the house I was born in. We lived off the crops, without electricity or running water. A small classroom was built, were children from near by farms would gather for school. We learned the basics; we didn't have a middle school or a high school. As we got older, we had two choices, get married and stay on the farm, or leave our land, our parents and head North to the United States."
The scars on my grandmother's hands are a reminder of the years she has spent cleaning houses, working the strawberry, cucumber and cabbage fields. My grandparents had two children (my mom and uncle), and eventually bought a small home in an inner city of Los Angeles County. An inner city plagued with crime and gang violence, not exactly the American dream. "No it wasn't", my mom likes to remind me. "The American dream was mine to achieve, and yours to continue." My parents, were the first generation in their family to be born in the United States, I'm the second.
My name is Adriana Gonzalez; I'm a sophomore at Artesia High School and live in La Palma, not to far from Hawaiian Gardens, where my mom grew up. It's true, I live the, "American Dream" that my grandparents made possible and my parents sacrificed to achieve. I have my grandparent's spirit and my parent's determination. It's in that same mindset, that I have took upon myself to achieve more than the generation before me. My aim is the University of Southern California (USC). I want to be an attorney.
In an effort to pursue my dreams, I'm raising money to attend a summer program at USC. The program will allow me to take a pre-law course in debate, live on campus for four weeks, and earn (3) USC elective units. The cost is $6,700. I'm using money I received for my birthday, selling misc. items and fund-raising the rest to pay the cost to attend. I'm asking for your help, your sponsorship through a monetary donation of any kind will enable me to attend. Thank you for your time.