A pencil

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
My school pencil
My school pencil

Do you have an object or tradition that relates to your family’s immigration or migration story?
When it comes to my family's immigration story, we do not have anything that helps represent us or our tradition other than each other. My mom and dad only had each other and those who helped them get by. One by one a family of 6 was made and settled down in LA. The rest of our family is in Mexico and they don't plan to move. If my parents knew what was going to happen, then why did they migrate? The answer is simple and as cliche sounding as it is, an opportunity was what drove them. It all starts with an opportunity, a goal, and faith. Opportunity comes and goes in many different ways and in many different forms. That is what represents us. What well represents me is a pencil. I hope to graduate from high school and be the first of my family to graduate from University. I am a student with an ambitious goal. If it weren't for my parents, I wouldn't have been here, and if it wasn't for the opportunity presented to them, they wouldn't have been here. If it wasn't for my older brother who has autism, we wouldn't have been here.

Place(s): Los Angeles and Texas
Year: 2001

– Ulises Carreon

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