Being the first in my family to attend college, I had to rely on
many others to help me in navigating the college process — which
was somewhat intimidating. I selected Tri-C because of
its affordability and because Tri-C was interested in me
playing for its softball team.
Being on the team made some of the most memorable moments of my
life. I got to meet great new people who today are close
friends. I got to travel to different states, see different
sites and eat different foods. I was playing a game I loved with
coaches that helped me improve my skills and people that meant a
lot to me.
But I always made it a point to remember why I was at college to
begin with and why my parents made such sacrifices to provide me
with this opportunity. My grades qualified me for the
all-academic conference, dean’s list, and highest GPA on the
team. I took some harassment from the team on that last one, but
I was grateful to have made my parents very proud.
When things get tough, I think about my parents and everything
they gave up to come to America to work in a factory so that —
hopefully — their daughters will never have to do so. When I get
down academically or personally, I remind myself that if I were
to give up, all the sacrifices my parents made would be for
That’s when I get back up and wipe my tears because it is so
important for me to let them know it was worth it.’
Editor’s Note: Photo courtesy of Tri-C.