Karla Islas has persisted, and she learned to very early.
When her family came to America from Mexico 18 years ago, they landed in Texas and took a train to the wrong state, facing long journeys through California. But they didn’t give up until they arrived in Arizona.
Her father, who had limited English skills, was washing his family’s clothes at a laundromat when three men robbed him as he yelled, “No mine!” before being beaten. Islas served as her father’s translator to police, she said.
“That definitely impacted his physical and mental health. And that left a big mark on my life,” said the Grand Canyon University senior. “
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