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Mexican-American college student shares her dreams, family’s journey to America

Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 10:41 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - KNOE is sharing the story of Grecia Rojas-Avila and her family and what Hispanic Heritage Month means to her.

LA Tech freshman Grecia Rojas-Avila’s family spent three days immigrating from Mexico City back in 1999.

“They hitchhiked and they crossed over from Arizona and got on an orange truck and headed to Arkansas where most of our family was," Rojas-Avila.

As a first-generation Mexican born in America or “Chicana,” she said her parents came to America with just a few dollars and a dream.

It’s a dream that her mother Myra says she’s proud to see her daughter living out every day.

“She’s satisfied with the fact they grew up with nothing and being able to raise such an admirable daughter, Rojas-Avila translated on behalf of Myra.

She’s also a first-generation college student studying business and economics with plans to go to Columbia for her next degree and later pursue a career as an immigration lawyer.

She said her plan to pursue immigration law and immigration reform was inspired by her parents and other people who she said fight daily to get their legal status.

The 18-year-old also spent time taking care of her father who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2018. She said her father is doing much better now and she can tell that he’s also proud of her and her accomplishments.

“Through my parents' hardship coming up from nothing, it means the world to me it makes me emotional how I can get financial aid to even be able to go to college," she said.

She’s also preparing to vote for the first time on Election Day. It’s another new beginning for her family, and a right she said she doesn’t take for granted.

“My voice does count. It also means that I do have an impact on tomorrow, not just today but looking out for tomorrow looking out for the generations who can’t speak out right now," she said.

What asked what it means to share her story for Hispanic Heritage month, she said these communities should be celebrated every day and holds her family’s journey near and dear to her heart.

“Hey I’m just like you, it’s a big accomplishment for the Latinx community," she said

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 and recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans and people from Latin American countries.

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