Amy Campos: Barriers

I think there was a lot of barriers throughout my life, I can say, as I mentioned my mother, my parents were born and raised in Mexico. Their first language, well, their only language I can say is Spanish. So I grew up as only one of my parents leaping legalize here in the United States. one of my parents had to cross the border illegally for our future, for a better future. So. I could say, fortunately, my dad cross the river by himself. He was able to make it will be here and. So basically, those OK, so my dad was my dad crossed the river to give us a better future, you know ? And those are the things I keep in my heart forever. I remember my mom having to work because she was the only one legalized to work here in this country, and my dad had to stay in the house to take care of him, you know? And it was like for years, I remember having two not being raised fully by my mom. Also, like when I entered elementary, I’m sorry, I remember I didn’t know how to speak Spanish, you know, I mean English, and I remember everybody would sing Christmas songs and I would try to sing it and everybody would make fun of my accent. You could tell I have a strong accent, and that would make me very sad, you know? But there’s things like my dad, I’m thinking like, well, my dad cross the river to give me a better future, like, what am I going to look like? Some words hurt me, especially when I know they don’t mean it, maybe in the Badawi. But those are some memories. I remember having to take exams in English and in my mom is just like, How am I supposed to help my son and learn when I don’t even know this, you know? So I remember my mom would. Like, get in contact with people who knew or like my cousins, for example, and she would ask, or how do you say this word, let’s say, was? Cat and the cat, and she would try to write it with like at like in Spanish, so when I would take the test, it was easier for me to to say it in Spanish, but it was in English, you know? Also, some of the other barriers I can say is when I was in high school, I didn’t know what FAFSA was. I didn’t know how to apply to a university. I didn’t know how to do all these things that were just like, Here this all you have to do, you know? I remember asking my mom, like, mom, like, how do I do this? And she’s like, I nothing say, I don’t know. Like she wishes she could help me and all this stuff, but I know she couldn’t, you know? I mean, that’s something that I’m very, very, very grateful for that. I think everything has a purpose, and the purpose of them not being to help me made me to become so independent. Thankfully, I never let that happen to my siblings, you know, I’m like, You know, I did this all by myself, but here’s everything you need to know. You know, become better than me and we’ve you can. So also, like my language, you know, it was such a bad thing for me, I remember everybody would make fun of because of my accent or everybody would make fun of because in the classroom they would ask, Oh, who needs to translate? And it was just my parents. They needed to translate, you know? And those are the little things that made me feel not included in the classroom, you know, and that’s something I want to do when I become a teacher, you know? I want to have everybody like, you know, I want to have a classroom that’s very inclusive regardless of where you come from, regardless of your background, whether you have it all, whether you don’t have a, you know, it’s something that what the moment you step in the classroom, we’re all equal. And. So those are the things that I have that made it difficult for me, but I am very thankful for. I think it has shaped me to the person I am today and even today, like I feel maybe my parents are not as close to me, but they never fail to ask me how was school or how is it, you know? And I, I think they wish they could be closer to me. But because of certain ways like my dad with my dad grew up, he’s the way he is, you know, and I understand something I say is maybe my parents or specifically my dad doesn’t show the love us to like that to a child as everyone knows it as. But I know, like him, waking up at 5:00 a.m. to go work is the way he shows me love, you know? So those are some barriers I could, some of many that I can think of that I. That has made me the way I am and have guide me to the place I am today and I’m very, very thankful for. And those are the things I wouldn’t change anything, you know, I love that I didn’t have it easy. I love that we had to rely on government assistance for all the things. You know, those are the things I’m like, Oh, I remember, this is a funny story. I used to work at a fast food restaurant, and I remember how bad they used to treat me, you know? And I would think like, Oh my God, like, my parents were like, I think this is what my mom went through for so many years, you know? And I make no. I mean, this is the reason why I need to go to school. This is the reason why I need to get educated to get all these certifications they can to take all the opportunities I can, you know, because like my mom says, you know, education will never wake up any of you in the morning like you don’t, you’re not going to wake up. And education is going to leave. You know, that’s something you will hold forever. And yeah, like all these barriers, I think of it more as a. Of an opportunity to grow, you know, to become the best person I can be.

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