Graudate Student (non-MBA)

Farm workers like my parents and thousands of others play a critical role in the economy of this country. Despite the important role of feeding our nation and multiple other countries, the hands that pick the fruits and vegetables receive only a few dollars a day, barely sufficient to feed their own homes. We are a family of 7 and have all had our share of the work under the sun. When I was little, we would pick strawberries and watermelons and then go door-to-door in Madera, CA selling. When I got older, we picked cactus and then would struggle taking out the "espinas" lodged in our hands. I have seen my parents work so many hours a day to provide for us. While most parents are anxious for their kids to turn 18 years old to join the workforce, my parents kept working hard for us to pay for our education. The farm produced the money for my undergraduate career and graduate degree from UC Merced. Since we are a family of undocumented individuals, I did not qualify for any financial aid. Fortunately, the times have changed and now there is support for undocumented students. I look forward to giving back to the population of farm workers. The Central Valley is the leader in farm production, but lacks health care basics. All the state-of-the-art research hospitals are located in wealthy regions. My goal is to be a part of the development of a research hospital in the Central Valley to serve farm workers and their families, my family.

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