Instructor information: Dr. James Lantrip
Class information: Federal Government 2305.P34
TR 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Name of the Student: Chelsea Perez
My name is Chelsea Perez and I was born in San Diego California, I have 2 brothers and one sister and I live with my parents. When I was about 3 years old my parents decided to move to the state of Veracruz, in Mexico. I grew up there most of my life. When I was 10 years old I went through an operation of the appendix, those were very complicated and were times in my life. Since the whole procedure was very difficult i was in the hospital about 3 months. After I recovered I made a drastic change in my life which include eat healthier, not to drink soda and eat as healthy as possible for my own wellbeing. As I said in the previous paragraph, I arrived in Veracruz at the age of 3 years. My first language was English, but when I arrived in Mexico, as my family was Hispanic, everyone spoke in Spanish to my, so I started speaking more Spanish than English. At the age of 17, because of work issues, my family moved to Hidalgo Texas. In Veracruz I was a month away from graduating from high school, and my parents told me that I could finish my high school here in Hidalgo.
I accepted, since I liked the idea of ??living in another place, meet new people and have new challenges in my life, but I never imagined that coming here would be one of the biggest challenges for which I had passed. I arrived the first day of school and I was excited, but with the surprise that I could not finish my school year that easy. Because, in the United States is another very different method regarding the school program, because you need to have enough credits to graduate. The counselor reviewed my grades and figured out that my grades were excellent; i could not give me the credits of those classes because they were not the ones that were required. At the time I did not know what to do, the counselor told me that I had to start my high school all over again to have my credits and graduate, and then it was that I started to do all my high school again in order to graduate.
I felt different since I was bigger than my other classmates, they looked at me weird, sometimes they made fun of me because they thought I had failed my classes and they thought that’s was the main reason that I was taking classes with students younger than me. As I said I started talking more Spanish than English when I lived in Veracruz and forgot most of English. Returning to a new school and learning another language again, was one of the biggest challenges of my life. I went through difficult times; I had to endure teasing, bullying, and study hard to finish the high school as soon as possible.
thanks to the help of my parents and friends that I made in high school I never gave up and I could finish my high school in two years. My dedication and hope was so much that I am proud to say that many times I was the student of the month with the best grade scores in Hidalgo early college high school. That was one of the biggest challenges I’ve had. But , that helped me personally to understand that everything I propose can be done no matter what. And now, I am currently in south Texas college, I am doing biology major, and then I would like to continue my career as a doctor.