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Waking Up in America

 A couple of weeks there was a report about me on Despierta America (Spanish for wake up America), which is Univision’s national morning news and entertainment show.

You can see the interview in the link below. Second part is coming soon!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bpv5N-gIzY&feature=youtube_gdata_player  

Univision

Click on the link below to see the interview with Univision, in which they talk about my situation, which is similar to many DREAM Act students here in AZ. They also highlight the last major donation given by Jack Harris and Gaby Pacheco!

http://univisionarizona.univision.com/mes-de-la-hispanidad/mes-de-la-hispanidad-videos/video/2011-08-09/joven-indocumentado-lucha-para-obtener

Speeding Up for the Last 20

Only 20 more days until the start of the doctoral program. There is still much ground to walk and little time is left. This moment feels like the last few laps of a demanding yet invigorating race, the race to raise the funds I need to start the doc program this fall. What do you do when the finish line is just around the corner? If you don’t think the race is worth it than you slow down and give up. But when the  race signifies nothing less than a brighter future and the realization of the dream to help others, then you speed up. This moment, last few laps, is the point in the race when you give your all.

What am I doing? I’m looking into every possibility that could help me pick up the pace. I am applying to a couple of scholarships that are due at the end of the month, the problem is that most scholarships are given to undergrads as the assumption is that doctoral students have funding. I would receive funding from my program or apply to a fellowship, grant, or loan, but my immigration status gets in the way. So, I’m reaching out to as many people as I can. I have to speed up because I have been given the opportunity to run in this race, and if I don’t finish, there might not be another chance.

 I am sincerely thankful to have the chance to study in one of the best programs in psychology in the country I love and call home. I can become a psychologist that will eventually help many others, but I need the funds to start the program on August 18. The truth is, I’m not fast enough to get there by August 18th, not without your strength. Can you help me pick up the pace by making a donation to my education fund today?

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Thank you!

30 Days Left

So, here I am, 30 days and $9,000 away. It is baffling to know that I would receive full funding if it wasn’t for my immigration status, but I am proud to have made it this far as a DREAMer. I have received the formidable support of friends and allies that have helped me raise $3,528. I’m very grateful for what we’ve been able to raise so far but we still need a little push to reach our goal of $12,500, the amount needed to pay for tuition during my first semester.

I have fought very hard to get to this point. I’ve worked full time at odd jobs to fund my education up to this point, putting up with late night shifts and low pay jobs. I’ve volunteered time for research and community service because I recognize the value of giving. I’ve given my best academically because I know that education is the vehicle to help and empower others to live a better life. I’ve given my best, my sweat, tears, late nights, weekends, summers, blood, energy, all.

Only 30 days and $9,000 separate me from starting the doctoral program in counseling psychology at Arizona State University. I can’t wait for my first day of class and to start studying hard to become a psychologist. I have a couple of research projects in  mind. They involve minorities, youth, and multicultural issues. More specifically, they involve DREAMers like myself, and the skills to attain an education. I have submitted proposals to present at national conferences next year and I plan to present at a local one this year. It is exciting to look ahead to that great day, my first day in the doctoral program, the start of a new journey to discover new things that can improve the lives of others. I am willing to give my all to my studies.

We can do this together, we can beat the system and raise $9000 in 30 days. I am positive that in 30 days I will be representing not only Latinos, but also DREAMers and minority students in one of the best programs in psychology in the U.S.  Can you help me make this happen by making a donation?

TO DONATE: http://www.gofundme.com/germansdream

Thank you for your support!

German

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Representing ALL Arizona Students

Tomorrow at 9 am, the leadership of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) from Arizona State University will share my story at the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) meeting in Flagstaff.

They will tell my story and share materials from this blog as an example of the many challenges that ALL Arizona students face, including DREAMers, in order to continue our education.

GPSA’s leadership is addressing the important issue of the difficulties for Arizona students to study at the universities due to tuition increases.

They hope that the story could have an impact on ABOR, which is the governing board of all the state universities, and would make them realize the implications of tuition increases and the burden on us students.

I feel honored to represent ALL Arizona students with my story in front of the regents who make decisions that impact our future. I know I am not the only one facing economic challenges, despite being a DREAMer. Thank you GPSA and good luck tomorrow!!

You can watch the live stream at 9am tomorrow (Thursday 6/16/11) at http://www.azregents.edu/aborlive/default.aspx