IDEAS Alumni Give Back Campaign

Update posted by IDEAS @ UCLA On Dec 22, 2015

My name is Lester Alexander Fox Rosales and I was born in San José, Costa Rica, in 1994. I came to the United States on a tourist visa at the age of 15, along with my mother and my younger brother. After doing three years of high school, I was accepted into UCLA and I decided to major in Biology. I was fortunate enough to be able to receive financial aid almost from the beginning of my studies. However as my first year ended suddenly the fact that I do not qualify for deferred action began impacting me more in my life. Up to that point having financial aid was enough for me, however as I started looking for employment opportunities, internships, and graduate school opportunities I realized that not having DACA is a big barrier. Particularly because without it I cannot be legally employed; this has had many implications so far, the main one of which is myself thinking about leaving the country for graduate school. Because I lack a work permit, I would not be able to TA while in graduate school in this country, therefore funding for graduate schools would be more challenging. As a result of this most of the scientists I have contacted for graduate school purposes are from outside the United States. Without DACA I am reaching the conclusion that my stay in the U.S. will not last for long, very soon I will likely be in another country starting all over again.

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Update posted by IDEAS @ UCLA On Dec 15, 2015

Hello everyone,

My name is Alma Alvarado and I am currently a junior here at UCLA.

I come from a tiny rural area called El Palmito, San Dimas, Durango, Mexico. My parents and my older brothers used to work in agriculture. Agriculture in Mexico is an arduous job that pays very little. Faced with this economic struggle, my parents knew that our lives would not improve there and decided to immigrate to California in search of opportunities. Once in Planada, CA my parents had a very difficult time adjusting to the lifestyle here and decided to go back to Mexico; however, they wanted the best for me and my education. I stayed behind with my older brother serving as my legal guardian. As the youngest of seven siblings my family wanted at least me to receive an education and pursue my dreams, an opportunity that my older siblings lacked because of our economic situation. Even at 13 years old I was conscious of the enormous sacrifice that we as a family were making, however I did not consider giving up school to return to El Palmito because I believe that if I succeed my family will also succeed with me. As most of you understand the transitional period as well as learning a new language is very difficult and not having my parent by my side made it worse. Mentally I have suffered a lot having to grow up on my own, socially I have made myself stronger by fortifying true friendships that help us ease the pain of not having my parents here with me, economically I am unable to provide for myself and I understand that my family cannot help me either. As a non-DACA recipient there are not that many resources available to me. Every year I exhaust my resources, but make do with what I have. I understand that my situation is not ideal and I wish that I would not have to struggle economically, but I am so grateful for where I am that no struggle can equate the blessings that I have received and will receive. I thank my IDEAS family for their support, I thank my personal friends and family for their love and compassion.

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Thank you IDEAS for everything you do for the community! I wish you all the best.

Yesenia Capellino

Backed On Jan 15, 2016 Amount Hidden

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IDEAS is a great community of like-minded success-driven individuals. Without you, I'm not sure if I would have survived college. It gave me purpose to keep fighting and keep moving forward despite challenges. At the end of the day, IDEAS reminded me it wasn't just for me, but for all those who didn't get the chance. Thank you! I'm extremely proud to be able to give back. Isang Bagsak! Class of 2012

Ana Ruan

Backed On Dec 31, 2015 Amount Hidden

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Betsy Estudillo

Backed On Dec 30, 2015 Amount Hidden

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Melvin Giron Rico

Backed On Dec 29, 2015 Amount Hidden

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From the very beginning IDEAS helped me navigate my way at UCLA as an AB-540 student. Happy to give back to an organization that has helped and continues to help so many students.

Isadora Ruvalcaba Trejo

Backed On Dec 27, 2015 Amount Hidden

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Best wishes to IDEAS at UCLA, and thanks for having such an impact in many people's lives.

Matias Ramos

Backed On Dec 19, 2015 Amount Hidden

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Thank you IDEAS for everything that you've provided to me, and to all the amazing IDEAS alumni.

Bruno Sotelo

Backed with $75.00 On Dec 08, 2015

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Lets come together and support one of the organizations that helped us grow. IDEAS at UCLA continues to do amazing work today and will continue to create a welcoming space for many to come. Join me in this effort! It is in unity that we'll overcome these intersectional struggles.

Carlos Salinas

Backed with $50.00 On Dec 08, 2015

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Love my IDEAS family! So proud to be able to give back now as an alumnus.

Mariana Villafana

Backed with $100.00 On Dec 06, 2015

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Ryan Landeros

Backed On Dec 05, 2015 Amount Hidden

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