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Bhetsua Tinoco

Age of Arrival: 8 years old

Hometown: South Gate, CA

Degree: Civil Engineering, California State University-Long Beach

TheDream.US is not just a scholarship award. It was also a powerful resource for me to stay informed about legal issues that involve DREAMers and an ongoing source of confidence that I could finish my college degree. Throughout my four years, I knew I was not alone; the people from Dream.US always stood right by my side. During uncertain times they always gave me encouraging words. They were like a family to me. TheDream.US has created an amazing community that I am so happy of being part of.

 

Thanks to TheDream.US, I was able to go to California State University and study Civil Engineering. I joined the American Society of Civil Engineers, won engineering awards, and joined my school’s surveying team – I was team captain and made some really nice friends. School was huge challenge – sometimes I used to stay up to 4 am working, but I enjoyed the challenge and knew that the hard work would one day pay off

 

This Fall, I will be starting my Masters Degree in Structural Engineering. With a Masters Degree, there’s a greater likelihood of having a project managing position in a company, which is my dream. I know I will be in a job where I wake up in the morning and look forward to going to work. It won’t even feel like a job because I will be paid for doing what I love.

My parents inspired me to work hard right from when I was a little girl, because I always felt guilty for how hard they worked to make things work for me. Working hard means that I will be able to go to college, find a job and one day provide for my family.

 

I was just 8 years old when I arrived in this country. At first, I had a very difficult time communicating at school. I felt frustrated not being able to understand English language. I also had a hard time completing my homework because no one at home understood English, so could not help me with it.

When we moved to the U.S., all my parents wanted to do was work. I remember we arrived on a Sunday and by Monday morning, my parents were already working in a jeans factory. They both worked long shifts so they could pay back the money they owed to make the trip here, but this meant I barely saw them. On the rare occasion I did see them, they reminded me that they are working such long hours because they love their children dearly and wanted to give us the best opportunity in America, so we could become ‘someone.’

When I think about the possibility that Congress may not protect DREAMers and those with TPS, it fills me with fear. But I know that instead of being fearful, we should all continue to be united, act and raise awareness on why it is so important. We should utilize the fact we live in a democratic society. DREAMers need to stand united and realize they are part of “We the People of United States.”

 

As DREAMers, we are not just willing to make this country prosper, many of the DREAMers have already started giving back to this country that has helped us obtain an education by maintaining a job with their professional career and at the same time volunteering in their community. We are not here to take away jobs. We are here to work all together to continue making this country prosper.

 

TheDream.US National Scholarship Applications are still open. The deadline to apply is Feb 29, 2024.

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