Poverty and hardship are something my parents know all too well. They were born and raised in a remote village in one of the poorest states in Mexico, Guerrero. At the age of five, my Father started working the fields to help provide food for the family. At a young age of seven, my Mother’s Dad was murdered. He left behind seven children in an already impoverished life in an even more difficult situation. For my parents, owning a single toy or having a piece of candy was a privilege.
As young adults, my parents dreamt of better days. They wanted a better life. They knew that even with hard work, a good life was not guaranteed in Mexico. So they migrated to the land of opportunity in the 80's. Santa Ana would be the city they would call home.
My Father is a landscaper and my Mother is a housekeeper. Despite not having high paying jobs, their hard work and sacrifice, coupled with good financial decisions, led to big achievements. They were able to not only purchase a home in Santa Ana, but were able to pay it off at a relatively young age.
Although my Mother has only what would be considered here high school education and my Father a 5th grade education, school was something that was taken very serious in our home growing up. My parents did not want my brother and me to go through the same struggles they went through. They knew that a higher education was a key component to succeeding in life. I recently graduated with a B.S in Electrical Engineering and my brother is currently working on getting his B.S in Computer Engineering at UCI.
"You are in control of your life. Your success depends on the effort you put in, not the circumstances in which you are born in”. This is the wisdom my parents passed on to my brother and I. Their life certainly validates that.