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Estephany Moreno, Age 17
Cardenas, Maricela
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Coming to the US, at age five, was a life-changing moment for Estephany Moreno. When her parents crossed the Mexican border, illegally, her father hid in a trunk and her mother feigned her identity as she held her young daughter tightly in her arms. Estephany remembers not being scared. She says that at her age, it didn't matter where she was as long as she was with her parents. So she slept through the journey. Although in a land different from her native land, she sought to keep her culture and language alive by celebrating ethnic Mexican holidays and learning about Mexican history. It has been difficult for her to adapt because she misses her family, she learned English with an accent, and she tries to be a good mother to her four-month-old son. Her greatest challenge was deciding how to balance being a student and being a good mother. Despite her struggles, Estephany seeks to go to school to get an education and give value to the long journey her parents took to give her and her two younger sisters a better future.
Moreno, Estephany
Cardenas, Maricela

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