ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Titan Voice: Pride in American Present, Mexican Past

Diana Coronado

My CSUF story begins with my grandparents. Both sets of my grandparents came to the United States from Mexico to ensure a better future for their children. This change, while necessary, did not come without hardships.

My mother was born in the United States, but she and her family were raised in Mexico, while my grandmother worked multiple jobs in America. When my mother and her siblings returned to the United States in their teens, adapting to the English language, South Central Los Angeles and coming from a single-parent household were overwhelming, but they worked hard to persevere.

Neither of my parents had the opportunity to attend college, but made education an important part of my and my siblings’ lives, in preparation for our futures. A common theme connecting my families’ journeys is the will to overcome obstacles through determination and hard work. I found this to be especially true when I applied to college.

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