The Story of Maria By Michelle Ortega

My hero is Maria Guillermina Velasco, who is also my mom. She is from the city of Veracruz in Mexico. She was born and raised in Veracruz and now she lives in South Central Los Angeles. I decided to interview her because she is a positive influence in my life. I also wanted to learn something that I probably didn’t know about her. I wanted to learn some of the challenges she had to face and wanted to know more about what inspired her to overcome these challenges. She came to Los Angeles because my dad had first came to the U.S and she decided to go with him.

Veracruz, Mexico

Some obstacles that she had to overcome was leaving their family behind. It is hard to leave people you love and I think that was an internal and physical obstacle that she had to face. It was an internal obstacle because she still misses her family that are living in Veracruz. It was a physical obstacle because they are physically away from them and in a different country. They are miles away from each other. She also had to leave the place where she grew up. She came to a new country not knowing English or even the name of the streets or where local stores where at. She probably didn’t know where she was going to live or which school my brother was going to attend.

Some accomplishments that she achieved was that she has a son who is in college. She was able to get a job right away when she first came to the U.S. and she was able to learn a new language. My mom learned English by taking classes at Santee High School. She was able to learn the street names around her and where everything was. She was also able to make close friends at her work and she trusts them. She accomplished being able to find a home and follow the new laws in the U.S. She was able to learn the area in which she lives and stores in Glendale, Inglewood, Huntington Park, Montebello, and Pasadena.

This person is a positive influence in my life because she does a lot for my brother and me. She wants to make sure that she does everything she can so me and my brother can have a good future. She supports us both and wants us to go to college and get a good career. She encourages my brother and I to finish school well and go to college and then find a good career. She wants to make sure that we get a good career so we can live a good life so we won’t struggle that much with money, have good credit, and to be able to buy a good house.

Something I learned interviewing my mom was that she works hard to have a better life. She gave up her dreams so that she would be able to work hard and make sure that my brother and I were able to accomplish our own dreams. My brother and I are the ones who inspire her to work hard. One of her dreams is for my brother and I to achieve our own dreams-- she wants my brother and I to have a better life. I learned that one of her hardest challenges she had to overcome was that she had to leave her family. Her childhood was a good life because her family was united and they were all together. Something else I learned is that she has been working for twenty-two years.

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Created with images by RussBowling - "Veracruz" • RussBowling - "Veracruz" • oscahuerta - "palms veracruz sunset" • SolGutier - "building flowers sky" • marchelamarchuli - "Parque Huatusco, Ver."

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