I was born and spent most of my childhood in Zapotlan Del Rey, Jalisco, Mexico. My family move to Salinas, California when I was around 14 years old. I went to High School in Salinas and graduated from Alisal High School in 2009. College was out of the picture after getting out of high school my Math and English level were very low and my citizenship status made it very hard to afford it. In summer of 2009 I got accepted to SUMS, a summer bridge program for high school student interested in math and science. In that program got exposed to a variety of STEM subjects and also got me started with college in Hartnell Community College, not to mention that in that program I also met some of my best friends today, and other students who's passion for learning was contagious.
Being the first one to go to college in my family, I did not know what I was doing, who to talk to or where to go if I needed help. With the approval of DACA, professors like Joe Welch, Alex Stoykov, Sonia Arteaga as well as advice from Melvin Jimenez and Katie Cunningham I was able to see a path for higher education and build the confidence to continue moving forward.
Today, I am a couple of classes away from finishing with community college. I will be applying to transfer to a 4 year university in Fall 2017 with a major in computer science and hopefully a minor in philosophy.