My name is Rafael Sanchez, I am 25 years old and a college student. I came to this country, at the age of 15, to reinvent my self and to make sure that my existence will mean something to our society. However, after being here, working, for few years I realized that without an education there was not much I could accomplish. Therefore, my only option was to go back to school and get an education. However, there was a small problem, as a child I only attended second grade in my home country, because my parents didn't have the resources to send my sisters and I to school. Consequently, I only knew how to write my name and perform basic arithmetic.
At my arrival, as a teenager, I had to work two jobs to sustain myself and help support my parents, which prevented me from attending school. However, after having four years I discovered that without an education it would be very hard to achieve my goals and visions. Therefore, I too the only rational decision i could have taken, I went back to school. At the same time, because of my educational and financial limitations, I knew going to schools, after so may years, was going to be a challenge. Meaning I would have to work much harder, and that is exactly what I did.
For the next five years, I spent every day and night working and studying. Finishing the whole high school program in 16 moths, while working 40 hours per week at my night job. Thereafter, I started to go to college, where I become president and V.P. of every academic club, participated in a great variety of community and political organizations, and graduated, in the top of my class, with two degrees in the fields of mathematics and economics. Thereafter, in 2013, I was accepted into the University of California, Berkeley. However, at the time I didn't have the resources to start attending Berkeley, so I had to held my education for a full year.
Now that full year has come to an end, and now I am here after 5 years of hard work, countless nights without sleep, and with nothing more in my pockets than just dreams and visions of a better future. I hope there was a way to explain the difficulties I been through, and the challenges I had to faced to get to this point in my life. Consequently, the only factor stopping me to make all my work and life really matter, are financial resources. That is why I am here, because I know there are individuals out there that know what it feels to be so close to a great accomplishments or a life changing event, but one is being prevented by some thing as dispensable as money. Or have been working so hard for your goals, only to be struck down be the reality of being poor. And because I know there is still people out there that simply care about others. thank you and God bless you!