Raquel Rodriguez: Parent Perspectives

So my parents are very I’m not going to say cold people, but they don’t tell you all the time and I know they’re proud of me, they’ve told me, but it’s rare. And they when they say that, it’s like it’s meaningful. And my parent, my parents, my dad has told me that he’s very proud of how far I’ve come because I’ve done it on my own. And he sometimes he regrets not being there for me all the time. But he’s very proud and seeing how far I’ve come on my own. He he supports me in everything I want to do. He’s like, OK, you want to be a teacher? Go for it. If it’s what you want to do. Go for it. And at first, my mom was like, You want to be a teacher? They don’t. They don’t make that much money. Like, why don’t you go into law or anything else that you make three digits or anything like that? And like, I’m like, No, it’s not. It’s not what interests me. And to this day, sometimes she’s she kind of tries to. Throw in something else by saying like, Oh, are you sure you don’t want to do this? But she still supports me because she sees how dedicated and passionate I am, not just about my education, but about TAFE and everything I’m doing that she’s seeing everything I’m doing. And my dad always tells me that it doesn’t matter what I want to study, what I want to do, how much I make. As long as I’m happy and I enjoy doing it.

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