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Happy Holidays!!

Dear friends and supporters, my best wishes to you and your loved ones! May you enjoy the holidays spending time with those who are important to you and may 2012 bring you the blessings you deserve.

This has been a very important year for me in terms of my education and also in other areas of my life. As of last Monday, I finished my first semester in the doctoral program in counseling psychology at ASU. It was an intense semester, full of unexpected challenges, but I was able to finish with good grades in all 5 classes I enrolled.

2011 Has been a generous year to me, a year when my DREAMs came true. But I would not have been able to make it this far without your support. I want to take this special time to thank all of those who shared my blog and http://www.gofundme.com/germansdream page, those who posted about me on Facebook and Twitter, those who opened doors and invited me to events to share my story, the media coverage, my family, friends, my love, and those whose finances allowed them to donate to my fund. My DREAM of studying in this PhD program is now real, and I will be sure to keep up my effort to make you proud.

I will continue to chase my DREAM of becoming a psychologist in 2012, this is a long and challenging program, and I like every day I study in it. The task of raising funds should be less taxing from now on, as love and life are giving me an opportunity to focus on my studies and have access to other sources of funding.

One of my resolutions for this coming year is to help other DREAMers get to college, and of course to keep fighting for the long overdue DREAM Act. I hope you help me spread the word and  help other students in need. This year has shown that the impossible is attainable when we come together for a common cause. If we believe, we can achieve!

Happy Holidays and thank you for believing!


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!


Latino Perspectives Profile

Latino Perspectives Magazine also writes a profile on my story on their anniversary month. You can read it at this link:


CNN Covers the Story

CNN covered my story and aired it yesterday on their Spanish show Mirador Mundial, which is seen not only nation-wide, but also internationally!!

The report is titled “El querer es poder” equivalent to the saying where there’s a will there’s a way!

Thank you CNN!!


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!


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En Hispana

Prensa Hispana, “Arizona’s #1 Hispanic Newspaper” published an article about my story that came out in Today’s edition.

The Piece is on section 2A of the paper!

You can read it at the links below

First page http://www.prensahispanaaz.com/paginas_PDF/pageA01.pdf

Article http://www.prensahispanaaz.com/paginas_PDF/pageA02.pdf

You can also access a word document version at this link

Prensa Hispana

Muchas gracias Prensa Hispana! I appreciate the support of mi gente in AZ!!!

It’s In The Air: Listen to NPR 91.5 FM tomorrow at 6:35am and 8:35 am

In January of this year, I participated in the Storycorps project. I told my story as an immigrant student to my friend, young community organizer Pedro Lopez, while it was recorded.

Storycorps in a non-profit that records true stories of people from different backgrounds in America in order to share and preserve them throughout time. My story was archived in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

NPR is airing a segment of my story at 6:35am and 8:35 am, tomorrow Monday June 20th. Tune in to KJZZ 91.5 FM.

After it airs, you can listen to the segment again by clicking on my name and picture, which are positioned above the governor and her son, ironically.  http://kjzz.org/enewsletter/archives/eblasts/StoryCorpsArizonaStories_Jun_Aug2011

It’s is very exciting to be able to share my story in the air!!

You can make a donation of any amount to my education fund at http://www.gofundme.com/germansdream