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Undocumented and Unafraid

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Hello all you lovely followers of mine! I know it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted but I have something that I’m really eager to share with everyone! My freshman year of college (Fall 2013) I had to write a paper placing myself in the shoes of someone I couldn’t relate to. The assignment was called the Diversity Role and seeing how I never miss an opportunity to spread word about the DREAM Act, I wrote as though I was an undocumented immigrant. My professor was hesitant about my topic because it was “controversial” and a “political hot topic,” but I assured him I wasn’t going to offend anyone and that I knew what I was talking about. After I presented the paper to my class, everyone was so interested in it that I was able to answer a ton of questions and tell everyone about my experience volunteering with the Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance. Here’s the paper that sparked a great discussion:

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What Is the Most Important Aspect of College?

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My Pageant Speech- Education, Not Deportation

Every year, thousands of immigrants graduate high school with the hopes of furthering their education. Every year, thousands of immigrants are unable to go to college because they are undocumented. Each of those immigrants has a dream.

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The Power of a ‘Thank you’ Note

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It feels good to be appreciated. A simple ‘thank you’ goes a long way. Just like you feel great when someone appreciates something that you do, others feel the same way, especially when it’s in the form of a note. Never underestimate the power of a thank you note.

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They Are There to Help: Admissions Counselors

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So, the time has come to begin applying for school. You have a few colleges on your list (see From High School to College) but you just can’t seem to make a decision. You’ve visited them all (which I highly suggest doing), they all seem great, but which one is best for you? How can you possibly decide? I’ll tell you one simple way that students often overlook.

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Education, Not Deportation

The DREAM Act, or the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, was reintroduced on May 11, 2011.  It is a bill giving undocumented immigrants the opportunity to become legal citizens. The bill, however, is not open to all undocumented immigrants. There are set requirements such as the following:

  • Must be 12-30 years old at the time of enactment
  • Must have arrived in the U.S before the age of 16
  • Must have lived in the U.S for at least 5 years
  • Must graduate from a U.S high school, or get a GED
  • Must plan on going to college or serving in the U.S military for at least 2 years
  • Must not have any criminal convictions

As you can see, the DREAM Act is meant for those that are already here. It’s also more focused on children or teens. Those same children, who were brought here at very young ages, may not even know that they are undocumented until they are much older. Now they have to live in fear of being deported from the only place that they know and call home. Many don’t even know their home countries. These same kids have the same hopes, dreams, and aspirations as all other Americans: to succeed and be the best that they possibly can. They should not have to live in fear of being kicked out of the only place that they call home. They are indeed Americans, although not by birth. They are proud to be called Americans. They celebrate our independence day, they attend our schools and churches, and they contribute to our communities, and most importantly, they’ve become a part of us.

DREAMers are full of immense talent, just like everyone else. The only difference is their civil status. Denying DREAMers is like saying that they can’t cure the sick, although they’re perfectly capable of it. That they can’t start  a successful business. All because they were brought here over something that they had no control over. These talented DREAMers can and will help our economy prosper, if given the opportunity:

  • DREAMers like Walter Lara, an honor student who found out he was “illegal” when he was applying for college.
  • DREAMers like Stephanie, who started at UCLA when she was 16 and works two or three minimum wage jobs to pay for her schooling.
  • DREAMers like Eric Balderas, a Harvard biology major who has been in America since he was 4 and was detained when flying back to school after visiting his mother.

I’ve recently attended Senator Lugar’s symposium, and while there I was able to ask him a few questions.One of the questions was if he anticipated the DREAM Act being passed any time soon. He told me that it would probably not be passed this year, but he also informed me that 55 of the necessary 60 votes were in favor of the DREAM Act. That’s about 92% of the needed votes.

Come on DREAMers and let’s make this dream a reality! What do we want and when do we want it?

College Search Made Simple

If you’ve already began your college search, then you know how hard and stressful it can be. If you haven’t already, then you’re in luck because in this article, I will be introducing how to facilitate your college search. You will find your dream school in no time.

Cappex.com is a life saver for many students. It not only puts colleges in contact with you, but it provides many opportunities for scholarships, it features a college visit planner, it lets you know your chances of getting in, and it gives you all of the information that you would need to know about the school in question.

I stand behind Cappex 100% as it has greatly helped me with my college search. It only shares your information with colleges that you approve of and new colleges contact you everyday.

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Top 400 Universities

usnews.com has come up with the 2012 list of the top universities. What’s so special about this list? It’s not just limited to U.S universities, but the top universities of the world. This list consists of the top 400 schools, with 13 of the first 20 being American schools, 1 Swiss school, 1 Canadian school, and the remaining 5 of the first 20 being in the UK. I believe this list is well worth your while to check out. You never know, you just may be surprised!