My name is Laura Ramirez. I am 21 years old and I am an immigrant. My family and I came to the United States 10 years ago looking for more opportunities and a better future. Both of my parents have been working in the fields for many years ever since we came to California. Having worked with them every summer, I have also experienced what my parents go through every day to support our family. It is very hard work, they have to get up at 4:00 am every day with no complaints, they make lunch get ready to head to work very early before sunrise, knowing they will not be back home until sundown. This experience has encouraged me to receive an education. I am the first generation college student in my family. I attend California State University, Fresno pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics with a minor in Art. I am trying hard to finish my degree and want to be successful. I would like to help my parents in the future and be able to offer them a home of their own. I hope to achieve my goals and want my parents to be proud of me, just like I am proud of them for working as hard as they do to help me with my education.