Country of Origin: Peru
Age of Arrival: 7 months
Hometown: Homestead, FL
Degree: Mechanical Engineering
I’ve always envisioned having a college degree. Now, with the help of TheDream.US, I am proud to say that I will be attending Florida International University to study mechanical engineering.
School has always played an important part in my life. In high school, I was a member of the Math Honors Society, Science Honors Society, German Honors Society, and Yearbook Club. My calculus teacher inspired my passion for engineering, and my counselor helped me research scholarships.
My mom and dad know the power of education and inspire me to be passionate about learning. In Peru, my mother earned her Master’s degree in engineering, and my father obtained his Juris Doctorate. They sacrificed their families and careers for me. I want to make them proud.
My family and I came to the United States from Peru when I was just seven months old. The United States is the only home I’ve ever known. If I have to return to Peru, I will feel like a foreigner. I am not fluent in Spanish, and my roots are here – not in Peru.
TheDream.US scholarship has made a huge difference in my life and I would encourage other DREAMers to never let go of their dreams and aim high!