The first year, all I did was work, go to school, and save my money. After a year, I had saved enough money to buy my first car, which was very impactful for my family – we always had to walk or take the bus. When I told my mom I was buying a car, when I saw her tears, it made all the sacrifices worth it.
I spent a year and a half at the charter school. It was a very helpful, eye opening experience. I remember telling my mom that I completed all my credits. Seeing her at my graduation, knowing I’m the first one in my family to get a diploma, I realized how lucky I am to be living the American dream.