This I Believe

Karina - Chicago, Illinois
Entered on January 22, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: immigrant

I believe that all immigrant students should be able to go to college and become someone in life.

Many students that would love to continue with their education but they can’t because of something really ignorant: “Being residents of the United States,” also known as “The Green Card”.

I’m not shamed to say that I’m an immigrant student and I will do my best to become an important person in the future. I have been through a lot of rough stuff but not only because of that I’m going to give up yet! It’s the opposite I’m going to do my best to go to college. Some of the rough stuff that I have been through is that my family brought me to the United States when I was 3 years old. When I started to grow up school started to get hard on me because the only thing that I used to hear was everyone around me talking in English. I felt bad once I knew that I was the only one that didn’t know English. I think that was one of my strengths to move on and start learning English. I was able to make it with the help of some of my teachers and some of my friends. Sometime I just used to laugh at everything that my friends say even though I didn’t understand one word that they were saying. How would I know if they were making fun of me? Or maybe they just felt sorry for me. Through the time I started to move on and as you can see I have made it all the way to high school and I’m proud of myself.

Sometimes it hurts that you can’t apply to the college of your dreams simply because, they don’t accept students that are immigrants. I don’t know why they do this? Do they think that immigrant students can’t afford to go to college? If we notice most of the immigrant students that came from other places they are the ones who take things seriously and they try to achieve their goals. And most students that can go to college won’t even bother to take the risk of achieving their goals by going to college.

Some students with their efforts become an important person as they always have dreamed. We struggle on because duty reminds us that the awaiting of success is not just for us. It’s for our families our heritage and our country. Here in America there is almost a pressure to follow your dreams. I don’t want any more dreams, dreams are illusions. What I want are accomplishments.

As an immigrant student I’m here taking the opportunity to do something important for my life, something that later on might change my future, to something good. From all the good and bad experiences, that’s something that has made me stronger to move on and to let everyone know that I will accomplish my dreams.

I believe that all immigrant students should be able to go to college and achieve their goals. We can help improve many things here in the United States. We just have to help each other no matter where you come from.