I am a daughter of immigrant parents from Nicaragua and El Salvador. I was born in Takoma Park, MD but have lived in Richmond, CA since I was 11 months old. I grew up dancing ballet and falling in love with all types of dance. I played the trumpet in the 8th grade, and now I even own one, thanks to my partner. I also played softball for a few years before realizing I wasn't very good. Volleyball though, I was a star. I played throughout high school on the school team and private club teams.
While at UC San Diego, I experienced real culture shock. I had grown up surrounded by people from all over the world, while also taking yearly trips to Nicaragua to visit family. This was certainly not the case while in college. I graduated in three years and came right back to the Bay. I then began my professional experience surrounded by the theme "helping people." I used my degree in International Studies and Minor in Spanish Literature to really be able to help and reach the people living in my community.
Since college I have amassed a wide array of professional experience. I started off as a case manager for teen moms in Oakland and Richmond. I became a Certified Medical Interpreter and also started my own event planning business.
I then decided to pursue one of my biggest dreams to live in New York. Living in New York I continued medically interpreting and planning not only weddings but also community events for a non-profit helping girls of color in the Bronx.
For the last three years now, I've settled at my father's immigration business Centro Latino Cuscatlan, providing a wide range of immigration services at low cost for our community. The one thing I have always been certain about in life is that I want to help people. I have seen both of my parents be completely selfless to help anyone that has asked them. This is also why I value my family a lot.
The person I admire the most is my mother. She is the true definition of a strong, independent woman. Even though she was a single mother, she put my brother and I through college and always made sure we had everything we needed. To this day, she helps both of us immensely. I truly would not be who I am today without her.
Also, I love my dogs.
This story has been edited and condensed for clarity.