Archive for the ‘Speeches’ Category

20 Jul
2010

I See

Tonight, right before entering this building, I closed my eyes in an attempt to bring back all the wonderful memories that I have of this place: this school that gave me the opportunity to grow, this school where professors and classmates became my close friends, this school that opened so many doors for me, this school that gave me the security and confidence to go on, to try something new, and to challenge myself once again.

20 Jul
2010

You Can Do It

On May 28th, 2001, as I was about to get on the bus a sad woman came to me, she said, we have been together for more than twenty years, we have fought together against poverty, we have tried everything but our efforts are not enough to keep you from going away.

20 Jul
2010

Let College Be Your Next Step

The memories of the darkest day in my life cannot be erased from my mind. It was on March 24, 2001 that I was forced to leave Ecuador. It was on this day that I witnessed my family fall apart. First, my two nephews who were four and six years old were ordered to walk away from me and their mother who is my oldest sister. Then, a sad woman with tears rolling down her cheeks approached me, and without a single word her shaking hand managed to express her religious belief by doing the sign of the cross over my chest. Knowing that destiny was separating us, I nodded in sign of accepting her farewell.

20 Jul
2010

My Last Fight

Poverty forced me into this fight when I was a child. When I was growing up in my dreams I saw a big fight, but I didn’t know when it will come. When I was young and when poverty pushed me out of my beloved country I knew that the fight had just begun. Eight years later; after several times risking my life, after countless challenges, after overcoming so many obstacles, now that I can raise my head with dignity after so many humiliations I feel nothing but sympathy for those who don’t want me here, I feel that the moment has come, and I feel that finally the final round has arrived. I will win this time.

20 Jul
2010

Do Not Give Up Now

I am aware that you my friends from the media have done little or nothing to help us. I read your papers. I heard your voice. I watched your images. You have done little or nothing to help us. When there is a crime, when there is blood, you have time to cover that story. But when an immigrant learns English despite his limited time, when an immigrant goes to school and excels in it despite his legal status, and when an immigrant started washing dishes and his determination moved him away from there and now he is ready to work for a corporation you don’t have time to depict those stories. When an immigrant moves on despite all his challenges you my friends do not have eyes to see that, you do not have ears to hear that, you do not have hands to write about that, and you do not have a voice to talk about that.

20 Jul
2010

Unwanted Journey

The memories of the darkest day in my life cannot be erased from my mind. It was on March 24, 2001 that I was forced to leave Ecuador. It was in this day that I witnessed my family fall apart. First, my two nephews who were four and six years old were ordered to walk away from me and their mother who is my oldest sister. Then a sad woman with tears rolling down her cheeks approached me and without a single word her shaking hand managed to express her religious belief by doing the sing of the cross over my chest. Knowing that our destiny was separating us I nodded in sign of accepting her farewell.

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