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I am twenty-one-years old, born in Mountain Home, Idaho. I'm a first generation attending the University of Idaho. My life has been pretty much like a rolling ball going in and out the state of Idaho. My family would migrate to Texas when the agriculture jobs were finished here in Idaho. Texas was just an escape from the cold, but I never enjoyed it since going to school down there was difficult. Coming from a small school and jumping right into a much bigger school was always difficult for me. However, I was always able to stay focused when changing schools and manage my own responsibilities. The first time I worked with my grandparents was the summer I was thirteen years old. I will never forget that summer we worked cleaning the beet plants. We made sure no weeds would come in the way of the beet to grow. Then during the summer, I worked in the onion and potato harvest to help my grandparents out. It the summer of the beginning of my junior year when I decided to go work in the onion fields with some family friends to be able to give my grandparents money and to have to buy stuff for school. That summer was very hot and working in the onion wasn???t the best thing because being under the sun was very exhausting. Know I could actually relate to my grandparents and how hard they worked during the harvest I only helped during the summer. Then the summer of 2013 and 2014 I worked again by the side of my grandparents in the potato. My grandpa drove his 10-wheeler truck and my grandma and I had to clean the potatoes as they passed through equipment to be sent off to the factories. Cleaning potatoes was good but hard because there would be times when we had to take out big rocks and many of them were really heavy. The second year I worked there I enjoyed the most spending time with my parents even though I could see that my grandma wasn???t as strong as she used to be. The last time I have worked in the field was the summer of my freshman year in college when I decided to go work in the grape vineyards. I definitely hated that job because the job we did was difficult and we got minimum wage for what we did. The weather was definitely hot and we got paid seven fifty the hour. Working in the field has been the toughest thing I have had to do but I am proud of the person I am becoming. Especially knowing that my family are farm workers and I had the experience of working by their side and taught me how to work in the toughest situations. I didn't only work, but I volunteered whenever I could. It was on the summers of 2013 and 2014 when I started to volunteer at the Migrant Head Start in Hammett, Idaho. When I first started going, it was so strange, but as the days passed I got used to it. I was able to learn how to do many things in the office and, when I was needed, I would go and help the teachers with the children. So I wouldn't change that experience for the world. My freshman year in college was very hard especially being away from family and not being able to see them as much as I would of wanted. As college started I had a little advantage over the other freshman I was in a program called College Assistant Migrant Program. In this program it was thirty-five of us students who had parents who worked in the fields. They helped us with education got us tutors and a scholarship they help us out the most our freshman year but are there if we need them during our college career. College has been the best decision I could of made getting out of high school. I'm currently half way done with my first semester of my Junior year. There have been ups and downs but I wouldn't trade my college experience so far. I have joined an organization Gamma Alpha Omega and these ladies have helped me academically and push me to do my best. I have been able to go on service trips where I have learned many things of the culture and made great friendships. These trips have helped me realize that I don't need so many things to make me happy. I'm thankful for those who have guided me this far to finish my college career.

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