What is your story?
My entire life, I attended school, played and hung out with my friends, and recited the pledge of allegiance every morning at school. I was American in my mind, in my heart, and in every single imaginable way, except one: paper. Those papers never crossed my mind growing up and never really bothered me. The idea that I was undocumented never really settles until I turned 16 years old. That exact day when I turned 16 years old, my dad took me to a local place (I can't seem to recall the place) where my dad asked questions regarding Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Then it hit me how different I was from my peers: I didn't have papers that made me "equal". For that brief moment, the home I have always known was a strange place. Because of DACA, I was able to get my first job and open my bank account, and it made my dream of college feel more attainable. I could see a future in which I could pay back my parents for all their sacrifices. Being a DACA recipient wasn't always a beautiful thing. There were dark moments when I was ashamed of who I was. However, I came to understand that the very thing that was used against me was the very thing that made me realize that I was someone in this world and that I was not alone.
What is your business?
In A Country We Call Home Blog
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
I know this will sound cheesy, but my family. They have always been by my side and they have unconditionally supported me through every journey I have chosen to take.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
Start! If you fail, it's okay. Keep trying!
What has been your favorite "Engler Experience" to date?
EAEP 275! Just being able to start a small business with a team was a fun opportunity to learn!
What has been the biggest hurdle or struggle you've dealt with in your entrepreneurial journey?
Finding the courage to start.