As the daughter of migrant farmworkers with a middle school education, I didn’t think that going to college was an option for me. Later that year, through a migrant program with the school I was attending in Indiana, I was able to take a tour of Michigan State University. Never had I seen such a big school. Even with that visit, I still didn’t think opportunities like MSU were for a student like me.
However, upon entering my senior year of high school, I applied to Michigan State. Through MSU College Assistance Migrant Program Scholars Initiative, or CAMP for short, I discovered I had the opportunity to pursue higher education.
I was nervous and excited and fearful. If I did not get admitted, I would not know what to do. Fortunately, soon after my interview with CAMP, I received the good news. The joy and excitement I felt that day still gets me excited because it was something so special.
Once I knew I was admitted, I could hardly contain my happiness. When I showed the acceptance letter to my mom, her eyes filled with tears. Soon, my entire family was jumping around with excitement.
I know I am incredibly blessed to have my family as a support system since the beginning, but traveling 2,000+ miles away from the place I call home and settling into college life was not easy. I arrived with luggage and $200 to my name; I was terrified.