My twin sister, Nadia, and I were the first in our family in the United States to go to College. She went straight to California State University, Long Beach and I went to Santa Ana College, and later I also transferred to California State University, Long Beach.
Being first-generation was hard; we had to figure out a lot of things alone. Both she and I got involved with La Raza Student Association. My personal opinion was that student organizations like La Raza were one of the reasons we stayed and felt like we belonged.
She graduated in 2010 and went on to get her Ph.D. in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, and I graduated in 2011 and took some time off to then get my Master’s in Library and Information Science.