Migrant workers follow the harvest to find jobs. One student is also hoping her studies will yield a bright future. This is her story.
I never imagined my parents having breakfast on the floor with dirt and little bugs crawling everywhere. I was shocked. The first time I went to work with them I said, 'You guys work in these conditions?' But you learn to go with it.
I was very afraid of you going to college because I had no idea what you were up against. But I knew that you were intelligent and that you could overcome anything. The conferences and workshops helped me let go. They encouraged me to let you fly on your own.
When I go home, I think to myself: See, this is why you stay up late and do good on your exams. So you don't end up here. That's what I tell myself when I'm working there.
I am proud because you are my first one, and now your sisters will follow in your footsteps.
Special thanks to Rafael Topete and the Ayala family.
For more information, visit CSULB's College Assistance Migrant Program.