Cendy's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Dreamers

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Los Angeles, CA

CENDY VIDES

Operations Manager / Family Engagement Coordinator
College Track

“Pick those little parts of your journey that are going to impact you and make you the person you want to be. It’s where you feel you’re most impactful that’s going to make you feel like a good human being.”

INTERESTS:

Education Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Community Education Opportunity Support & Encouragement Family Hard Work Money & Financial Security Culture Experience Dedication Perseverance Desire Hobbies & Pastimes Individualism

FOUNDATION:

Teaching / Mentoring

TAGS:

college, culture shock, friends, graduate, helping others, immigration, impact, journey, leaving home, masters degree, minority, motivation, possibilities, possibility, preparation, pressure, responsibilities, role models, uncertainty, work ethic

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When she was four years old, her mother left her with her grandmother in El Salvador in search of a better life in the United States.
  • At the age of eight, her mom sent for her, trusting a coyotaje (or illegal human smuggler) to take her on a month-long journey across multiple borders and into the United States.
  • From a young age, her mother started collecting her schoolwork and awards to present to lawyers in order to argue her daughter’s right to residency.
  • It wasn’t until she was a sophomore in high school that she became a resident.
  • Throughout her schooling, she saw her mother struggling to support the two of them financially; seeing that struggle motivated her to pursue a four-year post-secondary education.
  • She was able to attend college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in global studies and Chican@ Studies.
  • Working at College Track, she helps students get the support they need—both in school and at home—through policies like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
  • Says a huge source of her motivation today is creating a better world of opportunity for her young niece.

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