Assistant Coordinating Producer Intern at Accenture

Year Up Chicago

 Class of January 2018

Not long ago, I saw a clear future; a future that mirrors my hard work and dedication. Today, I am uncertain about my fate.

My mother and I immigrated to the United States when I was just three years old. I have been living in Chicago since then, and it is the only place that I can call home. My mother has always stressed the importance of education and ethics, and she taught me that nothing in this world is impossible – “if you want it, you can achieve it.”

School was always important, and I dreamed of becoming a CPA for a Fortune 500 company. I believed that all it took was good grades, but as a DACA recipient, I do not benefit from FAFSA, so I had to pay my own educational expenses. During my senior year of high school, while my friends were applying to universities, I was applying to jobs.

After graduating, I began working full-time at a sandwich shop while also attending community college full-time. A year later, I obtained an offer as a Bank Teller, and shortly thereafter I was promoted to Supervisor. However, my achievements, though notable, were not satisfactory. My dreams were fading. At only twenty years old, I thought I had advanced as far as I would be able to. Then, I heard about Year Up. I knew I wanted to not only provide financial stability to my family, but also be a role model to my younger siblings and my community, and I saw Year Up as the key.

At Year Up, I grew as a professional and leader, expanding my financial operations knowledge, and using my newfound voice to support social justice causes. I am now interning at Accenture as an Assistant Coordinating Producer where I provide general support to all aspects of business operations, strategy, and growth of the Accenture Broadcast offerings. Between my internship at Accenture and my job at TCF Bank, I work 60 hours per week. On top of that, I recently earned my associates degree and I plan to pursue my bachelor’s in accounting.

I share my story as an example of the ambition that DREAMers have to prosper and reach the American Dream. I share it because DACA gave me hope of a brighter future. With DACA, I was able to obtain a full-time job, attend college and enroll in Year Up. Without DACA, I along with 800,000 individuals will have to hide in the shadows once again and see how our accomplishments and hard work get thrown down the drain.

Like other DREAMers, I am an American in heart. I am just missing the legal paper. I pay taxes, abide by the law, and have incredible work ethic and ambition to reach the American Dream. I know this country’s history and language better than my own, and I pledge my allegiance to the United States. I am proud of my Latinx roots, but I am in gratitude to this country for providing me with an opportunity to prosper; an opportunity that may be shattered if Congress does not act and pass a bill that reestablishes hope for 800,000 DREAMers.

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