As a 23-year old Hispanic, people assume I must have children and stay home all day because that’s what women in my culture are expected to be.
The majority of my friends and cousins, my age or younger, are mothers and proud of the fact to the point where I am looked down upon.
Fortunately for me, I took a different route and pursued my education and career as a journalist.
For some of my family members and acquaintances, I am an outcast since I am not following the trend of motherhood and housewife.
“You’re still going to school?” and “Aren’t you afraid of being alone in the end because you chose your career instead?” are the most famous questions that are thrown my way.
Truthfully, the words and disapproving looks on the faces of the ones that supposed to be family used to twist my arm but seeing other woman with potential of achieving great things stuck and without knowledge had a greater impact than those who choose to judge me for following my dreams.
My family is huge with 6 or 7 aunts and uncles on each side with my parents being the only ones without grandchildren and they put pressure on them for getting older without getting to be grandparents.
I’ll be forever thankful that my father has pushed education on me since I started grade school.
Although he is what you might call “old school” he has a different view on education. “Knowledge is power,” are the words he instilled in me and I will carry them with me until my journey ends.
My mother, a stay-at-home wife, is another huge inspiration for me.
She did not complete high school since her father died and had to work to help provide for her family. As she struggles with spelling and grammar usage, she urged me to further my education so I could have a life she didn’t have the chance to pursue.
As a first generation college student, I have learned and gained experience the harder way than most and instead of complaining, I have learned to appreciate and work with what I have.
Having a younger brother has also influenced my decision so complete my degree since I am a role model for him. “I don’t want you to be like all those other girls. You can do great things,” Matthew tells me.
With the support I receive from the ones that matter, I rise against the statistics and expectations of Hispanic women.
I want to make a difference in the world and I will not be a statistic. No one should ever feel like they can’t do anything because others think they shouldn’t or that it’s not in their nature.
You will never know how far you can go until you try.