Undocumented Student Voices

Undocumented Student Voices

Image of many speech bubbles Eduardo Garcia, class of 2018: “As an undocumented student I had always preferred to remain hidden in the crowd. I didn’t want to be ostracized and decided to remain invisible my first two years at a community college. It was not until I came to John Jay where I met a fellow friend who shared my situation and my peer success coach (SASP), Stephanie Calderon, that I felt liberated, a large guarded secret finally lifted off my back. I was able to be connected with other DREAMers and faculty and staff who genuinely care about our situation. I would advise other DREAMers to reach out to the JJ DREAMers Club, faculty, or SASP (and other offices) because you are not the only ones going through this difficult situation and that there are people willing to help. Reach out and get connected, my fellow Dreamers, because together we can do so much, together we are stronger. Finally, remember, that dream that you’re holding in your mind is possible, don’t let anyone steal that away from you!”

Manuel Luna, class of 2018:  “I’ve always wanted to be more than just any other student. This semester makes three and a half years that I've been in college. Every semester, I completed my daily routine of coming to school and back home or work, but this semester was different. Because I am a DREAM.US scholar, I received mentoring from my peer success coach from SASP. At first I didn’t communicate as much, but as some time went by, my peer success coach became a person I contacted every day. I also met another fellow DREAMer and, in a very short amount of time, we became more than friends, he became a brother to me.  My advice to fellow DREAMers is not to live in fear, because once you learn how not to live in fear, you learn how to live.”