The Obama administration has provided relief of deportation to 750,000 undocumented immigrant youths to achieve their American Dream through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
It continues to change people's lives and Yesica Calderon, an East Boston senior high school student, can now attest to that.
Calderon is the child of undocumented immigrants — and although she had a 4.8 GPA and was enthusiastic about college, she wasn't sure if her immigration status would interfere with her academic path.
However, she received the news of a lifetime in a room full of students, teachers, and family: She was offered a FULL scholarship to Regis College.
Regis College and the non-profit Boston Scholar Athletes were able to turn her dreams into a reality. Calderon was the captain of both the junior and senior girls' soccer teams and worked her ass off to keep her glowing grades. She told the Boston Globe, "There were days that I would be crying because I would have to stay up really late and get homework done after a soccer game."
Although she put in 110%, she wasn't sure if she'd be able to afford college because her mother works in a factory and isn't able to pay for it — and being undocumented made her ineligible for federal aid — but this scholarship changed everything.
Talk about a surprise!
Her emotional reaction will make you ugly cry in the best way possible...
"Some nights I would cry, not knowing what I would do with my future," she said during her speech.
...and what she had to say was just as powerful.
“Don’t give up. You can do it. You have a purpose in life. You have a purpose. And you should not feel down, don’t feel less than because you don’t have the same opportunities."She plans on studying to be a social worker because she want to help young people and tell them her story. Calderon said, "Students in my situation should know that everybody has a purpose, and that everybody can make it."