Yesenia, An American Mexican Immigrant

My name is Yesenia Martinez, I was born in Denver, Colorado. I am 20 years old. My story began hard when I born and my father was in prison. My mother had to take care of me and live with my father’s family. They weren’t nice with her. She was a young and strong women, but she didn’t want to leave my dad. My father’s family gave her the opportunity to be free of me and run way. She decided to stay with me because how she told them one day “ She is mine and I will never leave her”. My dad was in prison for 2 years. Those two years were so hard for my mom because my father’s family didn’t want her. She supported a bad treat because she loved my dad and didn’t want me to grow up without my dad. Probably it was a bad decision but it was her decision and nobody couldn’t change it. I won’t say a lot details because this is something that I don’t want to remember, but I will say that she had some people to help her a lot. It wasn’t easy to live in a different country where you do not know the language or even be legal.

This something the should change, a lot of immigrants come to US everyday. They are looking for a new life and the opportunities that this country offer to them is going back to their country. Not all people come to do bad things, most of them just want to work and get a better life. For example part of my family live in Denver and they came and left their home just because in Mexico the possibility to get a better life it’s so small. Mexico is a beautiful country but the problem is that this country has a bad government that takes bad decisions to affect the level of life of all Mexicans. Things like violence, crimes, insecure, bad education and not enough jobs make Mexicans to decide to find another place to live.

Finally, when my father got of out of prison, he was reported to go back to Mexico and my mom followed him and took me with them. I was 2 years old when I went to live in Mexico. I grew up in a ranch. When I was 3 years old my parents gave me my sister and a year later my brother came too. The life in a ranch is simple and quiet, it doesn’t have a lot things to do.

My father used to work so early and into the night. His job was constantly changing. He worked in the farm or taking care of animals. His job was always outside. My mom was always working at home. She cooked, cleaned and talked care of me, my sister and brother. We lived in my father’s parent’s house. My grandmother was so lovely and my grandfather was a hard man to talk with, but I know that he loved us too. I was going to school when I met one person who became my best friend. I used to play with her almost every day. I remember how I played for hours without toys and just using my imagination to become some old stuff into the best toys ever. I loved to ride my bike in the sunny days. I walked to beautiful places. I relaxed looking at the sky and I liked to play in the evenings with my friends and talk about horror stories that did not let me sleep in the night. My mom and dad loved me a lot and my life was fine.

This sound like a normal lifestyle, but what made me grew up quickly and learn that life wasn’t easy? It was when I started to see the real world. My father drunk a lot and my mom and him fought for it. He was a different person with all the alcohol in his body and I cried when he becomes in this another person, always saying bad words to my mom, always spending his money, always going home so late and my mom praying and crying for him. Sometimes when my father came drunk, I hide myself from him because was afraid of him. I did not like that and I tried to explain him what everybody felt seeing him acting like that. He never heard me. He started with economic problems, but my mom never leave him. When I saw this life I thought “ I will never marriage “. Parents can have a big impact in the way the kids can think. I am thankful with all my parents for all they gave me, either if it was too much love or bad memories. Everything had a purpose in my life.

Through the years were passing, I was looking the style life of the people around me. What I discovered was that all this people had a similar lifes. They did not go school and were working so hard in farms and stuff like that. They did not have dreams or goals. Man were looking for a wife to take care of them since they work. Women were looking for a husband to bring all necessary for home since they take care of them and have kids.

You can change yourself and do not have the life that others have. Always research for your happiness and do not follow to other people life style. Dreams are so powerful and are fuel to you in bad situation. Do not stop yourself and you will see what can you do and get.

 

I wanted to be different and have a good life. What was my solution? What could make a difference? How I could change my life? I start to dream and got golds. What was the correct way to follow? I decided that school could change my destiny. I was trying to always be the best students of my classes and I got a lot diplomas that in Mexico is the way that they recognize that you are a good student. I used to study so hard and didn’t have a lot friends. I was so shy and it was difficult for me to talk or even make friends. I was kind of weird. The other kids were not cool with me, and it did not help me to be more expressed. I decided that I did not need friends and that school was the most important thing for me, but I got a best friend and she was so funny, nice and weird like me. We had a lot things in common and she was a support for me. Now I can say that friends are that family that you can choose and they can help you a lot, even if they do not know your problems and make you laugh or even tell you that something is wrong. All this little things can make a big difference in your heart. They can become in someone special for you. The secret is find the correct people like my friend, she is beautiful outside, but the most important thing is how beautiful is she inside, and that’s what I see before someone became my friend.

Do not forget how do you feel when your grades are just A and B. It can make you feel proud of yourself and when you see all people who support you, it is like this feeling that you want to be better and better. School is the stairs that can help you to research your dreams.

Finally, I was 15 years old and I had to leave my parent and live in the city with my mom’s parents because it was the only way to go to high school. I was scared and sad because it was the first time that I was separate from my family. I am happy because when my father told me “ if you want study tell me now”, my answer was “YES”. It was one of the best decision of my life.

I started the high school and I was lucky because two of my friends from my old school went to the same classes that me. Everything was new for me. The school was big and I had like 7 different teachers the gave me a lot of homework and made me learn new things like how to use a computer. Yes, it’s true that when I was fifteen I did not know how to use a compute, but it was because my old school was so small and we didn’t have a lot stuff to learn or use.

Sometimes the life give you opportunities that can look impossible to do, but you may be interested in how you can find the way to take the opportunity and change your future like I did when I leave my home.

Well finally everything was going good and it learned a lot. When my first semester was done, I got good grades and I was feeling comfortable because I did something good for my future, but life had another lesson for me.

Everything changed when my father sent me to California to live with an aunt. I was afraid, because go to another country when you do not know the language or the culture was something really important. I went to California and was in high school for like 3 months. I did not speak English or knew someone. I had to work double to get an excellent grades, but all my effort gave me a reward. What is the mean of it? It is that if you really want something, you can have it, but it won’t be easy. Another thing is to have an open mind to learn something new.

The saddest thing was when my aunt sent me to Mexico and I lost a whole year!!! I was so hungry and sad, but I decided to restart the high school in Mexico and still working hard like I was doing it for all my life. Now I was 17 years old. In Mexico I was in high school and I was going to another school in the evenings about English. I should put more attention in learning English, but I had to much to do. That is why I say learn everything that you can because you do not know how your life can change. I did not know that was going to live in US and learn English. Take the opportunity that looks scared and probably you can feel like you are not enough strong to take can change your life like it happen with me.

After two years in Mexico I went to Denver with my uncle, it was just for vacations. One of my mom’s friend offered me to live with her and study here. I stayed. Everything was good, but someday she told me to go back to Mexico after I had a month in school. It made me feel that I took a bad decision and I was sad for that, but my uncle changed it. He and his wife opened their house’s door for me. This little thing made a big change in me. They gave me the opportunity to be more.

I was attending to school, I got a job in the weekends. So it means that I was in school 5 days and working 3 days. I started to pay rent and learn how hard was to get you own money. It was another lessons for me. My uncle’s family were so nice and helpful in everything. Living with them I found myself and started to be my real me. It sounds like I become in another person, well not that all. I stopped to be shy, and did more talk. I started to learn English and got new experiences.

Probably for some people this is not important, but for me the most important thing in my life was when one of aunts took me to church. In there I found my biggest support, God. I learned from the Bible how everything was important for each person and that is what make us differents and specials. This thing made me change and become smarter.

I graduated from high school with honors. I did not start college into I bought a car. On the began of 2016, I had a car, a good job, I got God in my heart and great people around me.       Finally I started the college at the Community College of Aurora. This is just the beginning of my career and I know how school can be good for you. I have a long way in front.

Why do I decided to share my story of life? It was because I want to see another people growing up and I wanted to help others with my life as an example of successful. I had more to say but for now is good with this.

I had a bad situation and experience that could made me lost my dreams and probably do not get my goals. I know that other people had a harder life than mine, but that’s why I think that every single experience is something that make you be different and better, that is the way that God teach us. Do not let something break your soul. You can be different and the rewards will come after a big effort. Life is not easy and it requires to be strong. Things like values, respect each other and try to be a good person are fuel for became a strong and nice person at all the time. Be different and change the world is my principal dream.

My name is Yesenia Martinez, I am 20 years old and my this is just the beginning of my story.

My name is Yesenia Martinez, I was born in Denver, Colorado. I am 20 years old. My story began hard when I born and my father was in prison. My mother had to take care of me and live with my father’s family. They weren’t nice with her. She was a young and strong women, but she didn’t want to leave my dad. My father’s family gave her the opportunity to be free of me and run way. She decided to stay with me because how she told them one day “ She is mine and I will never leave her”. My dad was in prison for 2 years. Those two years were so hard for my mom because my father’s family didn’t want her. She supported a bad treat because she loved my dad and didn’t want me to grow up without my dad. Probably it was a bad decision but it was her decision and nobody couldn’t change it. I won’t say a lot details because this is something that I don’t want to remember, but I will say that she had some people to help her a lot. It wasn’t easy to live in a different country where you do not know the language or even be legal. This something the should change, a lot of immigrants come to US everyday. They are looking for a new life and the opportunities that this country offer to them is going back to their country. Not all people come to do bad things, most of them just want to work and get a better life. For example part of my family live in Denver and they came and left their home just because in Mexico the possibility to get a better life it’s so small. Mexico is a beautiful country but the problem is that this country has a bad government that takes bad decisions to affect the level of life of all Mexicans. Things like violence, crimes, insecure, bad education and not enough jobs make Mexicans to decide to find another place to live. Finally, when my father got of out of prison, he was reported to go back to Mexico and my mom followed him and took me with them. I was 2 years old when I went to live in Mexico. I grew up in a ranch. When I was 3 years old my parents gave me my sister and a year later my brother came too. The life in a ranch is simple and quiet, it doesn’t have a lot things to do. My father used to work so early and into the night. His job was constantly changing. He worked in the farm or taking care of animals. His job was always outside. My mom was always working at home. She cooked, cleaned and talked care of me, my sister and brother. We lived in my father’s parent’s house. My grandmother was so lovely and my grandfather was a hard man to talk with, but I know that he loved us too. I was going to school when I met one person who became my best friend. I used to play with her almost every day. I remember how I played for hours without toys and just using my imagination to become some old stuff into the best toys ever. I loved to ride my bike in the sunny days. I walked to beautiful places. I relaxed looking at the sky and I liked to play in the evenings with my friends and talk about horror stories that did not let me sleep in the night. My mom and dad loved me a lot and my life was fine. This sound like a normal lifestyle, but what made me grew up quickly and learn that life wasn’t easy? It was when I started to see the real world. My father drunk a lot and my mom and him fought for it. He was a different person with all the alcohol in his body and I cried when he becomes in this another person, always saying bad words to my mom, always spending his money, always going home so late and my mom praying and crying for him. Sometimes when my father came drunk, I hide myself from him because was afraid of him. I did not like that and I tried to explain him what everybody felt seeing him acting like that. He never heard me. He started with economic problems, but my mom never leave him. When I saw this life I thought “ I will never marriage “. Parents can have a big impact in the way the kids can think. I am thankful with all my parents for all they gave me, either if it was too much love or bad memories. Everything had a purpose in my life. Through the years were passing, I was looking the style life of the people around me. What I discovered was that all this people had a similar lifes. They did not go school and were working so hard in farms and stuff like that. They did not have dreams or goals. Man were looking for a wife to take care of them since they work. Women were looking for a husband to bring all necessary for home since they take care of them and have kids. You can change yourself and do not have the life that others have. Always research for your happiness and do not follow to other people life style. Dreams are so powerful and are fuel to you in bad situation. Do not stop yourself and you will see what can you do and get. I wanted to be different and have a good life. What was my solution? What could make a difference? How I could change my life? I start to dream and got golds. What was the correct way to follow? I decided that school could change my destiny. I was trying to always be the best students of my classes and I got a lot diplomas that in Mexico is the way that they recognize that you are a good student. I used to study so hard and didn’t have a lot friends. I was so shy and it was difficult for me to talk or even make friends. I was kind of weird. The other kids were not cool with me, and it did not help me to be more expressed. I decided that I did not need friends and that school was the most important thing for me, but I got a best friend and she was so funny, nice and weird like me. We had a lot things in common and she was a support for me. Now I can say that friends are that family that you can choose and they can help you a lot, even if they do not know your problems and make you laugh or even tell you that something is wrong. All this little things can make a big difference in your heart. They can become in someone special for you. The secret is find the correct people like my friend, she is beautiful outside, but the most important thing is how beautiful is she inside, and that’s what I see before someone became my friend. Do not forget how do you feel when your grades are just A and B. It can make you feel proud of yourself and when you see all people who support you, it is like this feeling that you want to be better and better. School is the stairs that can help you to research your dreams. Finally, I was 15 years old and I had to leave my parent and live in the city with my mom’s parents because it was the only way to go to high school. I was scared and sad because it was the first time that I was separate from my family. I am happy because when my father told me “ if you want study tell me now”, my answer was “YES”. It was one of the best decision of my life. I started the high school and I was lucky because two of my friends from my old school went to the same classes that me. Everything was new for me. The school was big and I had like 7 different teachers the gave me a lot of homework and made me learn new things like how to use a computer. Yes, it’s true that when I was fifteen I did not know how to use a compute, but it was because my old school was so small and we didn’t have a lot stuff to learn or use. Sometimes the life give you opportunities that can look impossible to do, but you may be interested in how you can find the way to take the opportunity and change your future like I did when I leave my home. Well finally everything was going good and it learned a lot. When my first semester was done, I got good grades and I was feeling comfortable because I did something good for my future, but life had another lesson for me. Everything changed when my father sent me to California to live with an aunt. I was afraid, because go to another country when you do not know the language or the culture was something really important. I went to California and was in high school for like 3 months. I did not speak English or knew someone. I had to work double to get an excellent grades, but all my effort gave me a reward. What is the mean of it? It is that if you really want something, you can have it, but it won’t be easy. Another thing is to have an open mind to learn something new. The saddest thing was when my aunt sent me to Mexico and I lost a whole year!!! I was so hungry and sad, but I decided to restart the high school in Mexico and still working hard like I was doing it for all my life. Now I was 17 years old. In Mexico I was in high school and I was going to another school in the evenings about English. I should put more attention in learning English, but I had to much to do. That is why I say learn everything that you can because you do not know how your life can change. I did not know that was going to live in US and learn English. Take the opportunity that looks scared and probably you can feel like you are not enough strong to take can change your life like it happen with me. After two years in Mexico I went to Denver with my uncle, it was just for vacations. One of my mom’s friend offered me to live with her and study here. I stayed. Everything was good, but someday she told me to go back to Mexico after I had a month in school. It made me feel that I took a bad decision and I was sad for that, but my uncle changed it. He and his wife opened their house’s door for me. This little thing made a big change in me. They gave me the opportunity to be more. I was attending to school, I got a job in the weekends. So it means that I was in school 5 days and working 3 days. I started to pay rent and learn how hard was to get you own money. It was another lessons for me. My uncle’s family were so nice and helpful in everything. Living with them I found myself and started to be my real me. It sounds like I become in another person, well not that all. I stopped to be shy, and did more talk. I started to learn English and got new experiences. Probably for some people this is not important, but for me the most important thing in my life was when one of aunts took me to church. In there I found my biggest support, God. I learned from the Bible how everything was important for each person and that is what make us differents and specials. This thing made me change and become smarter. I graduated from high school with honors. I did not start college into I bought a car. On the began of 2016, I had a car, a good job, I got God in my heart and great people around me. Finally I started the college at the Community College of Aurora. This is just the beginning of my career and I know how school can be good for you. I have a long way in front. Why do I decided to share my story of life? It was because I want to see another people growing up and I wanted to help others with my life as an example of successful. I had more to say but for now is good with this. I had a bad situation and experience that could made me lost my dreams and probably do not get my goals. I know that other people had a harder life than mine, but that’s why I think that every single experience is something that make you be different and better, that is the way that God teach us. Do not let something break your soul. You can be different and the rewards will come after a big effort. Life is not easy and it requires to be strong. Things like values, respect each other and try to be a good person are fuel for became a strong and nice person at all the time. Be different and change the world is my principal dream. My name is Yesenia Martinez, I am 20 years old and my this is just the beginning of my story.

 

 

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