Hello, my name is Alondra Valenzuela-Solis. I am 19 years old and I’m a DACA recipient. I was born in Mexico and brought over to the United States when I was 2 years old. Being the first in my family to learn a second language was very hard yet very helpful since it helps me interpret everything for my mom so that she would be able to understand what was going on. I made it through elementary, middle, and when I got to my sophomore year of high school I found out that going to college was not in the picture for me until President Barack Obama started the Dreams Act so that any child that came to the United States before June 2012 would be able to continue their education. Thanks to that some of the doors that were closed opened up a little bit more yet there were still some restrictions. Even though I have been here in Georgia basically my whole life, I still have to pay out of state tuition because I'm not considered a Georgia resident. Because of this, I wasn’t able to attend college since I come from a low-income family, but I didn’t let that stop me.
When I graduated from Berkmar High School in 2016 I went straight to work and saved up some money so that I could at least go to a nursing academy and earn my CNA License. I started to attend this Academy in August 2017 and graduated in October of 2017 and I was finally registered as a CNA. But that’s not where I want to stop: I would like to continue my education and go to college so that I can become a Nurse. The idea of caring for someone and helping them heal just brings joy to my heart and I hope that one day I will get to accomplish that goal and help anyone that I can.