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  • My grandmother was married before the age of twenty. By the age of forty she had eleven children and had spent most of her life in an abusive relationship. At the age of nineteen her eldest son made the choice to come to this country so he could provide for his siblings in Mexico. Eleven years later he would have me, his youngest and only daughter. At the age of thirty I have received an undergraduate and graduate degree, and am pursuing my lifelong dream of being a fully licensed professional counselor.

    The choice my grandmother made in staying in an unhappy marriage to protect and provide for her children may be criticized by this generation, but her commitment to her children resulted in molding a father committed to his wife, his children, and making sure they never endured the pain he did.

    Any achievement I have attained or will ever attain can never be thought of as a solitary victory. The dreams I have been able to conceive are a direct result of those who made personal sacrifices so that future generations would have an opportunity for something better. And for that, I remain eternally grateful.
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