Our Moving Stories: Episode 3 — AriConversation with: Ari.
This podcast is hosted by Bruno Villegas & Nancy Palencia.
Ari’s story allows us to glean a bit of what it is like to enter school as an early adolescent. Having been a strong college bound pupil in Mexico, she speaks of being a “terrified student” as she enters school in Texas. Her inability to speak English and the consistent misperceptions and underestimations of her abilities by her teachers and mis-directions from counselors are undermining but somehow she is able to not internalize those messages. She exemplifies determination and persistence against all odd as she secures graduate admission into numerous top programs across the country in spite of her documentation status. But her story is much more than the desire to make it for her own benefit. Through her efforts, she is determined to blaze the way and help others like her siblings, peers, and so many others who dream and strive to join the American tapestry.